The Boffi Code project, a range of finishes and materials that enable anyone to create their own ideal kitchen, has been expanded with a new model created by Zaha Hadid Design. We talked about it with Maha Kutay, director of ZHD, and Roberto Gavazzi, CEO of Boffi.

How did the encounter between ZHD (Zaha Hadid Design) and Boffi happen?
Roberto Gavazzi: Two years ago the project for a very important building in New York was organized, entirely designed by Zaha Hadid. Since she was also responsible for all the interiors, she chose Boffi for the kitchens, and then began to design the model (later completed by the studio ZHD) we have now introduced, as part of the Boffi Code family. The building in New York and the kitchen are among the last projects designed by Zaha Hadid before her death.

Please describe the key features of the kitchen developed for Boffi, the design criteria behind the model and its greatest advantages.
Maha Kutay: The design of the kitchen stands out for its way of applying the inimitable architectural language of Zaha Hadid. Our objective was to create a freestanding island model that could ideally be positioned in any zone of the house, as an independent furnishing element with a forceful personality. For its design, we started with the idea that our way of living in the home has radically changed in recent years; spaces have become more fluid, permitting more rational use.
Roberto Gavazzi: This is a model with very ergonomic, sinuous and rounded forms; a sculptural monoblock island that conveys a sensation of unique, precious value, a complete solution containing areas for cooking and washing, and a zone around which to sit.

Boffi kitchens stand out for parameters like the central focus on design, fine craftsmanship, extreme customization possibilities. Does the kitchen by Zaha Hadid Design correspond to these characteristics?
Maha Kutay: Yes, without a doubt; in our work, we have taken the characteristics that have made Boffi famous on an international level into account. Our model is available in two sizes and in different finishes and materials, to adapt to all kinds of domestic spaces in a coherent way.
Roberto Gavazzi: Of course. Basically the kitchen, precisely due to its rounded, monolithic, seamless look, is made in Corian, and it is almost entirely white, as if to emphasize the purity of the form, except for the part in wood below the snack zone, which Zaha Hadid wanted to insert to create a dark area that would break up the uniformity of the white. Then, in keeping with the versatility and possibility of personalization guaranteed by the Boffi Code project, it will be possible to choose different materials; the top, for example, can also be in stone, and the doors too can have different finishes.

After the futuristic Z.Island model, produced by the collaboration with Ernestomeda and DuPont, this is the second time the studio Zaha Hadid Design has come to terms with the design of a kitchen. What are the differences with respect to that project, and how does the new kitchen fit into the collections already in the Boffi catalogue, establishing a dialogue with them?
Maha Kutay: As a studio, we have a wide range of projects, and we are always interested in expanding it. There is a big difference in the process with which each of these works is developed: every design has to comply with very precise directives and be inserted in an existing context, in a way that is always clear. Developing this kitchen, the Boffi collection was undoubtedly a priority reference point for us, but then what we proposed was our idea. Working with Boffi has been a satisfying experience: it’s great to work with clients who care so much about design and are unwilling to make compromises, especially in terms of quality and craftsmanship.

Has this kitchen been created with an eye on particular markets, or can it fit into any decor context?
Roberto Gavazzi: We think of it as a very international product, which is actually true of all the elements of the Boffi collections. Obviously behind it there is a typically Italian connotation of taste, which after all is the characteristic due to which the studio ZHD thought of us for the kitchens in its building. But the new kitchen wants to convey an international aesthetic, and it brings with it an architectural style, that of Zaha Hadid, that is very well known and appreciated all over the world.

Photos by Tommaso Sartori – Text by Andrea Pirruccio