Wood at the centre of our projects
All Old Line kitchens are made entirely with solid wood.
Wood is a noble, ancient and living material that conveys the typically soft feeling of hand-crafted wood to the touch.
Natural solid wood is a material that lingers in our biological memory and thus reveals a reassuring and protective dimension.
Our wood varieties
Not all wood varieties are suitable for building lasting products or for manufacturing kitchen components; the kitchen environment constitutes a stern test for each cabinet, as it must frequently tackle the effects of steam, water and heat; Old Line searches for and selects only the choicest woods such as oak, American walnut, cherry and ash. We make sure that our raw materials derive from processes that respect humans and the environment, and originate from ethically responsible cultivations which do not deplete forests but actually expand their consistency.
Only the choicest raw materials
We only purchase the choicest woods and our master woodworker personally selects the timber batches which are then sent to the production department.
What characteristics do we assess? The boards must already be ‘stabilised’, that is, they must have undergone a drying and seasoning process; we privilege batches deriving from the same log to ensure a uniform flame pattern and tone; to ensure the rigorous quality of our raw materials, we inspect each board to detect any impurities or defects.
We care for each board individually
The boards we purchase are left to ‘rest’ in our warehouses at least for a further 6 months; they are piled by placing slats between the boards so that air can circulate continuously to ensure uniform drying. This is a crucial phase: only those boards with an internal humidity not exceeding 10% and sent to production. This characteristic is among the indispensable requirements for obtaining a stable semi-finished product.
We know the wood and process it to last
How do we construct the panels we use to build our kitchens? We take special care in selecting each individual board which we then send to the finger jointing processing phase. This is a delicate phase which can only be carried out manually by a master woodworker familiar with the characteristics and distinctive features of each individual board. The woodworker arranges the boards by counterposing the natural grain patterns to balance the wood’s forces. Wood is a live material and tends to ‘move’, generating imperceptible movements which the counterposed grain patterns and finger jointing cancel out.
Craftsmanship and technology, together
A special machine engraves the solid wood or creates a finger joint; the various elements are joined and glued together to form continuous slats which are then used to make the panels. This is the so-called ‘finger joint’ which leaves the joints visible on the panel surface.
From the single slat to the panel
The slats are first unframed on all 4 sides then milled laterally; this process allows for slotting one board into the other to achieve an optimal degree of mechanical strength, subsequently enhanced by gluing and pressing the elements together. This process allows for obtaining 350 x 100 cm panels which are then cut into sections, after the calibration cycle which reduces each panel to a thickness of 2 cm.
The panels obtained through this particular process guarantee a greater degree of compactness, stability and mechanical resistance – all essential characteristics of a top-grade product.
Each board is individually identified
We work each kitchen we produce as if it were a single piece, and from this stage onwards each component belongs exclusively to the specific kitchen being produced.
The panel is now ready for being cut into sections of various sizes depending on their intended use; semi-finished elements which will become bottoms, side panels or shelves of base and wall units are filled and smoothed with entirely manual processes.
The figures of a sturdy cabinet
All side panels of cabinet carcasses are made of solid wood elements which are 20 mm thick, more than the 18 mm of mass-produced items, and are finger-jointed both vertically and horizontally.
The shelves are made of 16 mm-thick solid wood while the back panels, with their 9 mm-thick solid wood structure, add sturdiness to each model.
The back panels are made with the slatting technique: the slats are milled then their ‘male’ and female’ sections are joined together leaving just under 1 mm clearance on the milled part, to allow for slight adjustments in the wood when it expands due to temperature variations.
We make 7 types of classic doors and 18 types of modern doors, all with 2, 5 or 3 cm thickness. The doors – but also all the other components – have the same finish both inside and on the outer visible side to ensure optimal stylistic and colour uniformity.
The glass panel on glass doors is bonded to a wooden frame: thanks to wood’s flexible nature, its distinctive properties balance out the rigidity of the glass.
We also make metal doors with the iron subjected to galvanisation; the resulting shell encloses the solid wood finish inside.
The drawers are entirely made of solid wood and the sides are enhanced by refined hand-crafted dovetailing.
They mount concealed quick-release runners with soft-closing mechanism.
The runners ensure extremely smooth and silent full extraction of the drawer and are tested to withstand 80,000 opening/closing cycles, thus guaranteeing excellent resistance to wear.
The plinths are available in 4 different heights: 8, 10, 12 or 15 cm, creating diverse aesthetic effects.
A handle to suit any taste
The handle is the final detail enabling you to add a personal touch to your kitchen.
We propose 16 different aesthetic solutions; should they not suffice, we leave the customer free to decide on a fully customised version, because the fronts are drilled for last.
Only top-grade components
We only use metal hinges, all with quick-release and soft-closing mechanism.
The runners are also made of metal and their full extraction system allows for exploiting all the space inside the drawer; moreover, the entire kitchen is appropriately sized to ensure proper ergonomics and practicality of use.
Top-grade linings in the fore
The kitchen tops and doors are not mere surfaces: we make them unique by lining them with the choicest and most original materials – both natural and synthetic. The kitchen can be enriched and customised with an extensive range of solutions including the most common materials such as glass, the classic and reassuring Carrara marble and Emperador marble, or the more modern Mialite cement finish.
Glass and crystal
The available glass versions include transparent, acid-etched or antiqued; our glass panels are bevelled and 4 mm-thick, while the shelves are made of 8 mm-thick glass.
On-going research and a desire for renewal has led the company to develop a new project called Mialite.
Mialite is the first ecological mortar specifically formulated for interior design; its application cycle is entirely manual, tried, tested and certified.
All components of the cycle are water-based and pose no risks whatsoever for human health and the environment.
The end result is an elegant, refined product with a lunar effect that is velvety to the touch.
In the hands of one man
We entrust each kitchen to a master woodworker who personally oversees all phases of its development and treats it as if it were his own; besides being extremely well acquainted with the specific kitchen and with our production system, he can expertly operate with the workbench and machinery, which he uses to optimal effect to maximise quality.
Moreover, the woodworker is responsible for verifying the quality of assembly, for painting and for installing the hardware.
We always know where and how our kitchen develops
Each order is customised and each individual piece is marked with the customer’s name and all job order references; this ensures its full traceability through a complex production chain involving many different manual activities.
For example, to guarantee a constant quality level and uniform tone during lacquering, this phase only starts when all the unfinished elements are available, so that all pieces making up the kitchen are painted at the same time.
Before mounting the kitchen at your home, we pre-mount it at our premises
Each kitchen is fully pre-mounted dry, to verify its functionality and quality.
We check the dimensions, finishes, shade uniformity and materials; this procedure enables us to guarantee each customer an extremely high degree of precision when assembling the kitchen at home.
Example of a bookcase entirely pre-mounted at the company
Manual processing and natural finishes
Doors and carcasses are prepared for painting through an initial smoothing phase of the unfinished wood. Subsequently, each surface is sprayed with a lacquered base before undergoing a second manual smoothing process, followed by lacquering in the desired colour. This lengthy and particularly complex process allows for obtaining perfectly smooth surfaces with excellent grip for the lacquer, which is able to withstand scratches and exposure to sunlight.
We use acrylic and non-toxic paints without formaldehyde, as well as solvent-free water-based paints conforming to EU regulations, in order to safeguard human health and the environment.
The natural surfaces are finished with oil applied manually and subsequently dabbed with natural fibres; this finish bestows a unique natural effect on the wood because it restores to the material the oil naturally present in wood. Maintenance is straightforward and is effected using detergents formulated with natural waxes; small stains or slightly shaded areas are not defects, but indicate that the product is natural and crafted through traditional processes.
At your home with every care
We take special care in packaging your kitchens so that you receive them as they were originally manufactured. Besides safeguarding the integrity of our kitchens, we also protect the environment by using only 100% divisible and recyclable materials for packaging purposes.
Together with your kitchen even after years
We are high-end artisans and are accustomed to guaranteeing – even after several years – the availability and reproducibility of our kitchen components.
There’s no need to worry, as we can replace your damaged door or complete your kitchen with new modules or with a living zone matching the existing style and materials.
We work on a project basis and develop tailored solutions with customised features thanks to the artisan expertise of our master woodworkers.
Decorating a kitchen is like tailoring a suit: what counts is not only the product itself, but what it stands for and the creation of a lifestyle.
Old Line blends its cabinet making heritage, ability to manufacture custom products and craftsmanship with latest generation machinery and production technologies; only such a combination can yield genuine luxury.
Ours is a solid company in which artisan values are applied to international projects on an industrial scale, entirely custom-made.
100% Made In Italy
Genuine Italian craftsmanship
Our production rigorously complies with the highest standards, according to genuine Italian craftsmanship criteria.
From the raw material selection phase down to the quality of the production process, effected by highly qualified personnel, we oversee every single detail to ensure that our kitchens reflect the quality and design of an impeccable furnishing element.
Italian design service
We customise each product
We design furnishing solutions in which beauty and functionality combine harmoniously to create a durable kitchen.
We offer a range of unique services with regard to flexibility, materials research, refined processing and customised details for each project.