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Environmentally friendly kitchen design doesn't have to mean a compromise when it comes to good looks, says Valcucine Chicago
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It's not just the things you can see that can make a difference to your new kitchen it's also the things you can't see, including the technology that goes into its construction.

Valcucine is a company that puts an emphasis on responsibility both to the people who use its kitchens and to the global environment.

David Washburn, co-owner of Valcucine Chicago, says the bold, contemporary aesthetics that distinguish the company's collections, have not been developed at the expense of the environment.


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"High-end kitchens can also be environmentally friendly," he says. "For 22 years, under the guidance of head designer Gabriele Centazzo, Valcucine has been making a commitment to the environment. This is reflected in the design, the materials used and the creativity."

Washburn says the company has diligently worked to eliminate all toxic chemicals in the production of its kitchens.

"Valcucine also limits the materials used in the manufacture of its kitchens, which translates to less energy used," he says. "The use of a strong but lightweight aluminum construction helps in this respect. The materials can also be recycled.

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View of the unique cabinetry of this kitchen

"Other user-friendly measures include the use of stone that tests low in radioactive emissions as opposed to many other stone types. In addition, the company plants twice as many trees as would be needed to absorb its yearly CO2 output."

Valcucine has also researched the ergonomics and functionality of modern kitchens to determine the most user-friendly designs and features.

For more details, contact Valcucine Chicago, LuxeHome, Chicago, IL 60654, phone (312) 755 0356, or Valcucine Minneapolis, International Market Square, Minneapolis, MN 55405-1627, phone (612) 341 4588. Websites: www.valcucinechicago.com and www.valcucinempls.com.

Aug 23, 2004
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