Pininfarina Paolo Pininfarina
Paolo Pininfarina

Paolo Pininfarina is the chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A., a well known company in the designing business. Pininfarina works for car manufacturers like Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Fiat and Alfa Romeo. Beside cars Pininfarina designs kitchen furniture for Snaidero.

Pininfarina is born in Turin on August 28, 1958. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering at Turin Polytechnic he began his career in Pininfarina in 1982 and in 1983 gained experience working at Cadillac in Detroit, USA, and then in Japan with Honda. In 1987 he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Pininfarina Extra S.r.l., a Pininfarina Group company operating in the industrial, furnishing, architectural and nautical design sectors.

On May 12, 2006 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A. and on August 12, 2008 he was appointed Chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A.

Under his management, in a twenty-year period Pininfarina Extra has developed over 300 projects and has consolidated relationships with prestigious international companies like Alenia Aeronautica, Jacuzzi, Lavazza, Motorola, 3M and of course Snaidero S.p.A.

We met Paolo in 2002 for the first time. He is a very kind man and shows interest in people selling his product.


His model Ola (Italian for wave) is the most known kitchen he has designed for Snaidero. After a long succesfull period he has redesigned the kitchen in 2000. Unfortunately the Viva model was not that succesfull and not in production anymore.

Also in 2000 the restyled Idea is presented at the Eurocucina. The Idea is succesfull in Northern Europe because it is a more straight design.

  Snaidero Venus by Pininfarina

Model Acropolis is a very state-of-the-art design. Pininfarina incorporated highly advanced automotive engineering into the Acropolis. Pininfarina uses sandwiched aluminium that is extremely durable and 40% lighter than a comparable single plate and it can easily be shaped and rounded. You can watch the Acropolis on this video.

The Venus is the latest design from Paolo Pininfarina. Of course you recognise his "waves" in this kitchen. Unique for this kitchen are the 28mm microtouch doors and compared to his other designs the ultra thin worktops.

Photo gallery Pininfarina:
Ola by Pininfarina
Venus by Pininfarina in zwart microtouch