As in a reportage, after 20 years the great designer and the company have photographed the needs of the public and given new life to a revolutionary model

How long are twenty years? A very long time, if we look at human life. A flash, if instead we turn our gaze to the extremely fast transformations affecting that special world in which technology and design meet to make our homes beautiful and efficient. Twenty years is the span of time that has passed between Case 5.0, the revolutionary kitchen model designed for Boffi by Piero Lissoni in 2002, and the re-edition launched in these days, even more sophisticated and functional, which was born from listening attentively to the public, whose needs that have been renewed over all this time have been photographed by the company and the architect and designer as in a reportage.

New thicknesses and longer peninsulas

When Lissoni designed Case 5.0 in 2002, he wanted to present it to the public in the context of the Caproni industrial plants just outside Milan. There, an exceptional designer and long-forgotten aviation pioneer - Gianni Caproni, in fact - had produced generations of aeroplanes that had become classics in terms of performance and design. It was an unusual way to announce a new approach to kitchens, the same approach that characterises the new version of Case 5.0. The 5 cm thickness of the doors enclosing the natural walnut drawers incorporates an 8 mm section that frames them, becoming their handle. The thickness and mass give the doors a special tactile sensation of solidity. Thanks to the same finish as the furniture base, the handle strips reinforce the visual continuity.

What's new in the re-edition

The cabinets are equipped with pull-out doors and 9 cm side support panels. The worktop is relatively thin - 1.2 to 2 centimetres - which creates a sharp contrast to the much thicker furniture panels. New features are introduced in the re-edition: peninsulas up to 180 centimetres long and new materials for doors and worktops, starting with MDi by Inalco in new colours and the induction version of composite. And then Indian rosewood, datuk ebony and teak - the so-called Lost Woods - and absolute novelties chosen by Lissoni such as Easy Metals and glossy polyesters. Lastly, Inside System Track, with rails integrated into the worktop, offers compartments for cutlery and utensils, as well as holders for knives, spices, chopping boards, oil jars and hoods.

Theatrical inspiration

All the inspiration for this mix of surfaces and materials, Boffi explain, comes from ancient theatre: the worktops, furniture and other crucial elements - cooker, fridge, sink... - are the props for the domestic theatre of meal preparation, but also an interface linking the deepest knowledge and traditions of gastronomy with the daily life that flows in every kitchen, a 'line of desire' that shapes the design and practice of cooking and entertaining.