The Trentino Alto Adige region in Northern Italy grows more than fruit, wine and their delicious speck ham. The Joko company gave the century-old local tradition of artisan woodworking a specktacular makeover. Brothers Josi and Franz Kosta, owners of Joko gmbh s.r.l, lifted the Joko company to a completely new level when they took over the family business a couple of years ago. Located in Salurn, province of Bolzano just south of the Alps in Northern Italy, father Kosta ran a local sawmill and workshop like generations of his ancestors before him. Living off the land close to nature in this rural area of the upper Adige river valley provided him and his family with continuous solid income and food. When Josi and Franz took over the company, they were inspired to seek new horizons. Their goal was to create a breathing product which reflects the century-old artisan craftsmanship of the region, and combine it with the sleek, minimalistic look of contemporary Italian furniture design. As Artisani they are very proud of their accumulated skills, which are still handed down from one generation to the next. ‘I want people to not only see but feel the beauty of natural wood by running their hands over it. Experiencing the perfectly balanced mélange of natural and engineered materials, and enjoying the feel of silk-brushed stainless steel cannot be topped.’ Says Josi Kosta.
Today each piece of excellence from the collections of Joko Domus kitchen carts tells a story about the materials being used, the people who crafted it and the region where it was made. Only the best ingredients are used to cook up this sophisticated concept. Grade A Hornbeam logs from trusted local sources are skillfully aged up to 4 years until they are ready to become an expertly crafted piece of furniture on wheels. Premium stainless steel, luxury hardware and carefully sourced quartz composite materials round up the blend of valuable components to create the lines of auxilium and cun kitchen carts and a variety of fine teppanyaki grill carts, as well as extraordinary cutting boards and butcher blocks. Every year in February Joko proudly presents their newest creations at the world-famous Ambiente fair in Frankfurt/M., Germany.
Eventually expanding across the Atlantic, Joko recently appointed Cook-N-Dine International, Inc. of Miami, Florida as the sole distributor of Joko Domus for The Americas and Caribbean. In the past, Cook-N-Dine has built up quite a reputation with the introduction of the patented line of Cook-N-Dine stainless steel teppanyaki grills and grill tables by CDS-Design GmbH, located in Munich/Germany. The Cook-N-Dine Marinyaki grill, a new line of marine teppanyaki grill tables made in Australia, also was widely applauded at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held there in November 2008. Cook-N-Dine Joko Domus. See also interview with Cook-n-Dine.