From an antique tradition, skilled master glassworkers in their workshops blow and shape fiery masses of glass with ancient tools, becoming the creators of refined beauty and the guardians of precious secrets. Valcucine nurtures thisbeauty culture with products having original shapes that are integrated with the recovery of local handicraft traditions and continuous research into innovative technologies and materials.
Artematica Vitrum interprets the quality of one of the most fascinating and ecological materials ever created by Man: glass. Just like skillful glassworkers used to look for metaphysical properties in the purest and most perfect mass of glass, Valcucine has designed Artematica Vitrum with extreme care down to the smallest of detail.
With Artematica Vitrum Arte, Valcucine has developed a special technique to transfer various inlaid drawing onto glass surfaces: this is an extremely hi-tech process that originates from handicraft tradition. The drawings are cut out from a special coloured film and applied by hand onto tempered glass panels that will become kitchen doors, tops and side panels. These decors are achieved patiently and painstakingly to make each single kitchen arrangement inimitable and unique.
The customised decors are not restricted to the fronts but can decorate side panels and the tops of work islands in the centre of the room, creating three-dimensional drawings to obtain a single, decorated volume. The inlay cannot be applied to kitchen woktops fitted with hobs or sinks.
Vitrum Arte has been conceived to allow architects and interior decorators to customise kitchen fronts using absolutely original drawings, letting their imagination and creativity loose: this is how exclusive projects that give the customer a really unique kitchen are born. Before being inlaid on glass panels the original drawings must be vectorized to obtain full colour backgrounds that are completely void of shadings or transparencies.
At the time the available colors of the Smeg's hobs matching Valcucine's worktop are: cement opaque, matte canvas and matte black chalkboard.