In 2010, the Italy-based contemporary kitchen manufacturer GD Cucine opened its U.S. headquarters in New York showcasing sleek kitchens. Now, the company looks to the past with the launch of Ca’ d’Oro, a new collection of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, closets, paneling and furniture modeled after classic interiors.
“The company has been manufacturing a classic range of these kitchens in Italy for a while under the Ca' d'Oro brand and its DNA is rooted in the tradition of furniture making and wood processing," says Alberto Paderi, head of GD Cucine’s U.S. division. "The launch in the U.S. now is part of a gradual strategic approach to the market that saw contemporary kitchens introduced in 2011 and contemporary bathrooms in 2012.”
From raw timber to finished product, GD controls the entire production process, but what makes their made-to-measure product different from the rest, says Paderi, is the “combination of traditional woodwork with the convenience and ergonomic and storage efficiency coming from the ‘contemporary kitchen’ world. Sustainably harvested European walnut, cherry, oak, beach and lime woods each are the foundation of Ca’ d’Oro cabinets, which is not something that everyone else can say.”
The collection currently includes four styles at launch including the Serenissima with its Baroque–like flourishes including intricate carved pilasters and gold leaf accents, Fortuna Lacquered, featuring simple raised and carved elements highlighted by natural wood and lacquer, and Fortuna Gold marked by its gold leaf details. For those looking for a little more restrained classicism, the subdued Park Avenue has less ornamentation but is still fully loaded and high on style.