The Kitchen Becomes Open! 11 projects about the theme of ‘open source kitchen’

The result of the innovative workshop at Valcucine showroom in Milan

by Valentina Ieva
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The Valcucine showroom in the Milan Brera district has been transformed into an incubator of ideas during the Milan Design Week (April 8-13). 11 maker and designer from all over the world have developed concepts for expanding the MECCANICA system of demode engineered by Valucine in the form of accessories, add-on components, through digital fabrication and model making.

The 6-day event, Kitchen Becomes Open project, created by the Italian company in collaboration with dotdotdot studio, has shown a series of prototypes as the result of the open call for ideas around the theme of ‘open source kitchen’.

The purpose of the workshop is to design new aesthetics or functional solutions which can be explored through traditional handicraft applications or technology, in particular for meccanica.

Participants have worked with a team of experts to develop ideas and ultimately make them freely available for distribution and modification. They have collaborated with Valcucine's technical department in partnership with Arduino alongside professionals from Milan-based design studio dotdotdot.

The team of experts including: Giulio Iacchetti, Stefano Maffei, Dario Buzzini, Massimo Menichinelli, Enrico Bassi, Zoe Romano, Francesco Zurlo and the Arduino team.


Among the participants: Juan Soriano Blanco (Take away), Cécile Laporte and Nathalie Bruyére (Hang-made), Alex Kashin (Keyhole), Andrea De Chirico and Marco Napoli (30°), Laurence Humier, Emanuele Magini and Michele Novello (The journey of water), Daniele Caltabiano and Liviana Osti (Scaindle e Lucciola), Francesco Rodighiero (For you. For all.).


Photo credits: Claudia Lorusso, Stefania Donno



  • Joel Robbins

    Very interesting post. Thank you for sharing this

  • Valentina Ieva

    Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)