Here at Remodelista our obsession with tiny kitchens hits close to home. Many of us live with postage-stamp-size setups but we don’t long for more space. What we’re eternally searching for are great-looking, high-functioning appliances scaled to fit our quarters. Which is why we’re so take with Italian company Alpes Inox’s freestanding stainless-steel kitchen systems. Tailored for tight spaces, they’re multi-functional and made to come with you should you move–none are built-ins, so they can be rearranged as needed, and most designs are available on wheels.
Based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Alpes Inox has been making freestanding stainless-steel kitchen equipment since 1954. Inox, by the way (an abbreviation of the French, acier inoxydable, means stainless steel, and the company uses only top-of-the-line, high-nickel stainless, which has a durable, bright-white shine. All of Alpes Inox’s designs are the work of founder Nico Moretto, who now runs the company with his two sons.
Above: US buyers can purchase directly from Alpes Inox (be warned that these pieces are pricey–the most compact electric oven with five-burner gas cooktop is € 6,695 Euros. For more information and prices, see Alpes Inox and contact Mr. Passalacqua in the company’s export department at [email protected].
Above: The two gas burners on this cooktop flip up so that the piece doubles as a food prep table. Under it, a two-drawer cart on casters holds kitchen pots and pans and other kitchen essentials. Several variations of the cart are available, and buyers can opt for a steel top or a wooden cutting board (shown in the previous photo).
Above: The all-stainless-steel has two basins with different depths, which makes it possible to position a dishwasher under the shallow side. A sliding cutting board (not shown) fits over the work surface alongside inset bins with knobbed white tops for gathering food scraps.
Above: An Alpes Inox stacked oven and beverage refrigerator stand next to a multi-drawer, all stainless unit that features a sink, inset drying rack, and cooktop.
Above: The gas burners flip up to create counter space as needed.
Above: Alpes Inox’s Washing, Cooking, and Refrigeration Column comes with a 60 cm-wide oven and spaces to insert a dishwasher and fridge. A similar design is available as a two-door wine refrigerator, a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, or a four-shelf pantry.
Above: The at-your-service island–it contains a five-burner gas cooktop, deep sink, and drawers on two sides.
Above: The top drawer is kitted out with wooden dividers for flatware, serving utensils, placemats, a cutting board, and knives.
Above: A rolling electric oven with its own shelving unit and utensils drawer.
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen range or oven in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Ranges & Ovens.