For this new project by Antonio Citterio, Arclinea starts with the essence, with the basic principles of the kitchen, reworked: new steel technology and natural wood cutting. The extraordinary result lies in the link between these basic principles, which show something absolutely original: new direction for interior design, new direction for kitchen furnishings, through unprecedented combinations of materials and colours.
Principia teams a grained wood in a “rough” finish with stainless steel in the innovative colours generated with the PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) technological process. Natural materials, innovative production technologies and artisan details in a dialogue with each other and with the evolution of work zones. The resulting new units, dressers and dedicated storage units are then developed internally to become true work zones.


Cosy and warm, but also very rational, this Principia kitchen features fossil oak wood as its main player. The central work area has base units with doors in wood and handles with insert in black PVD steel, worktop with drip guard in very thick Idra Brown unpolished marble housing sink in Gun Metal steel, induc ion hob, worktop waste bin, sliding grids in PaperStone® and wooden chopping boards. Above the worktops, the open wall units in wood and exclusive Arclinea Lighting Shelf and Mensolinea shelf play important functional roles: from focused illumination to fume extraction, through to orderly storage of small everyday objects, thanks to their sliding accessories in wood and ceramic. On the right, the straight wall of tall units houses the refrigerators, ovens and, in the corner, the WIC, the ‘Walk in Closet’ unit with internal wooden finish and motion sensor lighting. On the left, the big Era peninsula dinner table, perfect for socialising, with edges in shaped solid wood.

Detail of Principia door in fossil oak with insert in black PVD steel, worktop with drip guard in 20 cm thick Idra Brown marble.

Accessorised wall with Mensoluce lighting shelf and Mensolinea shelf in black anodised aluminium, accessories in wood and ceramic, open wall units with built-in lighting.


A kitchen layout that is all about maximum functionality. Cooking and washing are concentrated in the convivial work island that takes up very little room in the centre, which has the handy Era snack bar and, suspended above it, a double shelf. Next to this, an accessorised zone for food prep and dishwashing: a large worktop with a second sink, base units with drawers and glass wall units for storage with, between them, the exclusive Arclinea Mensolinea and Mensoluce shelves. All ensuring efficient everyday use and everything within reach. Aesthetics are enhanced by the special combination of finishes: black PVD steel for the Convivium doors on the island and the double shelf, fossil oak for the Principia doors on the base units and accessorised wall, Nero Assoluto granite for the worktops.

Detail of the work area, top in polished black granite with Mensolinea Shelf, Lighting Shelf and accessory between the base and wall unit. 

Detail of Convivium Island door. Convivium door in black PVD stainless steel, 8 cm thick worktop with recess Nero Assoluto granite.

Detail of diffused indirect LED lighting, inside the Principia tall units.

Convivium Island with Principia walls. Island with PVD door, base and tall units with Principia door in teak and black PVD handle. 

Era snack bar in teak NTF slats. Olimpia stools with structure in steel, back and seat in teak.

Principia Doors

Integrated handle in stainless steel or PVD steel Nero, Bronzo, Champagne.

Lacquer available in 34 colours

Wood available in 3 colours

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