Dada: high-range solutions enter the kitchen area. With designer projects by the big names in design
Dada was founded in 1926 in a small carpentry workshop set up by Angelo Garavaglia. This small business grew as time went by and in 1979 it joined the Molteni group, earning the right to be known as one of the highest level kitchen producers, thanks to the designs of Luca Meda.
Since then, the kitchen environment has changed; it has developed and adapted to meet the needs and the habits of people, which are constantly evolving. Little by little the kitchen has gone from being a mere service area to becoming the centre of the home; in some cases, it has even become a social area in which to linger for a chat.
Now more than ever, kitchens must be practical and functional but, at the same time, they must also create a comfortable and aesthetically appeasing environment.
Since its origins, the Molteni Group has always worked with the most prestigious international names in the design field, in order to create unique products and collections that are unrivalled from both a formal and aesthetic point of view. These values are not only expressed in the living, dining and sleeping areas, but also in the group’s proposals for the kitchen.
2016 is a year of intense innovation for the Molteni-Dada family. The 400-metre design of the Dada exposition space at the 55th edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan was created by Belgian designer and architect Vincent Van Duysen; it features as a combination of a Nordic, minimalist spirit with the Mediterranean touch typical intrinsic to fine Italian production.
But the Group’s partnership with Van Duysen goes beyond the Milan Salone del Mobile experience. Indeed, it is the Belgian designer who is chosen by Dada and appointed to develop an innovative design for his very first experience in the kitchen segment: a kitchen with no handles.
And so, this is the story behind VVD, a completely new kitchen in which contrast and alternations lord over the scene. Thin sides and end pieces are set against the thick substance of the kitchen counter tops, interrupting the linearity of the surface. Precious wood and natural stones alternate in a game that creates harmonious dichotomies. A unique aesthetic rendered even more unique by the possibility of building compositions that are completely suspended from the ground and elegant ceiling kitchen cabinets.
Last but not least, the thorough and innovative attention to the technical details, such as the large extractable trays, the open shelving units, the built-in led bar and the innovative pivot hinge that enables the doors to open 180°.
The new Dada designs also set stock by two proposals that have by now become the brand’s evergreens, Trim and Tivalì, both designed by Dante Bonuccelli.
Designed in 2007, Trim is being renewed thanks to the introduction of two new finishes: whitened oak for the doors of the bases and Tecnoril® for the kitchen counter with integrated Multitank sink and for the new accessories. Another element of the kitchen is the equipped seatback, which goes from 22 to 39 centimetres of depth; in addition to saving space, it also meets all the important little needs a cutting edge kitchen must feature: dish racks, knife-holders, jar-holders, i-Pad holders, sockets, hooks for cutlery and tools.
Designed in 2004, Tivalì has been revolutionised in terms of its shape, passing from linear to angular. When undergoing this formal transformation, it still maintains the structural elements that have made Tivalì a must, of the kitchens proposed by Dada. The space available is exploited to the max, thanks to the large doors that rely on a mechanism designed in the 1990s by Luca Meda and patented by Dada, revealing all its contemporary utility and flair in the new Tivalì edition.
The VVD kitchen designed by Vincent Van Duysen in 2016.
The Vela kitchen designed by Dante Bonuccelli in 2014.
1994: Luca Meda designs banco, historical dada model re-evoking the image of a big equipped table. Metal frame and suspended storage units characterise the composition, along with a kitchen worktop. The pièce de resistance is its huge wall cupboard.
A simple, basic design by Luca Meda from 1988, Nuvola by Dada is a collection that has set trends. The main characteristic of the model is the continuity of its panels, which can hardly be seen in the faint pattern of the lines that separate them. practical, easy to clean and unquestionably stylish, it was the very first suspended kitchen.
Conceived for Dada by Dante Bonuccelli in 2007, Trim is a revolutionary kitchen. Designed for the fast rhythms of contemporary life, it focuses on the rationalisation of the space, mi technology and functionality. the innovation here is the introduction of the shelving along the back of the counter tops in a bid to use all the available space.
The diffused led lighting and the power socket help make the back wall shelving the technological spirit of trim. Both elements vie with one another to characterise an area never used until now, accessed by way of glass panels that slide along a dada patented mechanism, to disappear under the level of the worktop.
The Trim kitchen, designed by Dante Bonuccelli in 2007 and renewed in 2016.
The Hi-line6 kitchen, designed by Ferruccio Laviani, which won the irefuse Design Award, 2007.
The Banco kitchen, designed by Luca Meda in 1994.
Thin lines characterise the base units, cupboards and tops of Vela, fruit of innovative technological processes by Dada, such as the new opening mechanism that enables the doors to rotate in a unique way.
Designed in 2004 by Dante Bonuccelli for Dada, Tivalì is jam-packed with technology. conceived for the metropolitan home, it is a perfectly equipped box kitchen that appears and disappears when required. the large doors, sliding and stacking, disappear into the side units with a fluid, lightweight movement.
The rotating column developed by Dada is a cupboard for corner solutions that ensures an ultra-high storage capacity, thanks to its optimisation of the internal shelves, lit with spotlights. the 360° rotation makes every portion of the five shelves in chromed metal wire easily accessible.
An exclusive for Dada, the Futura cupboard has introduced a new ergonomic standard, thanks to its innovative opening system. Characterised by the absence of any vertical divisions, and available in a wide range of finishes, including dark elm, it can be chosen from a range of modular options from 90 to 180 cm.
In 2010, Nicola Gallizia designes Indada by Dada, a series of informal kitchens which are practical and frill-free. The ideal combination of a few simple elements, combined in a boundless range of modular solutions that make the chosen one easy to design and to assemble.
Another version of the Indada kitchen by Dada from 2010.