Arte, the new cooking hub by Marco Piva. The project concept stems from the knowledge that the kitchen is a special place in the home, where elements of nature are used and transformed: water, fire, air and earth. It’s almost a magic laboratory for experiments and research involving tradition and innovation. Nowadays kitchens combine the traditional aspects of an intimate private place with other more modern ones which include socialising. This multi-functional approach, which has a strong influence on kitchen layout, also derives from an increasingly closer relationship between kitchens and living rooms, which are often contiguous. When designing ARTE it was essential to take into account flexibility of use and the modern “cultural context“ that has developed around food, resulting in research into its origins, transformation, preservation and consumption. In effect, the modern trend is to seek dynamic balance between the need to nourish ourselves and the ritual of preparing something new. The elements of ARTE have therefore been defined according to this dynamic dualism, with active spaces for “storing”, “displaying” and even “growing” FOOD.