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A long history

Santos’ origins date back to a small carpentry shop at the beginning of the 20th century run by Antonio Santos Barral. In 1952, José Santos took over the reins from his father, opening a new carpentry workshop. In the 1960s, they made the first freestanding kitchen units, based on the concept of modular kitchens, which has survived to the present day. Since then, Santos has developed its own style in the kitchen cabinet industry, creating quality products with an ergonomic and functional design adapted to the growing demands of users. This is our story:

  • 1923
  • 1952
  • 1960s–1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2001
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2019
  • 1923 EN

    Antonio Santos Barral opens a small carpentry workshop, which, in 1923, had four employees.
  • 1952 EN

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    José Santos takes over the reins from his father, opening a new carpentry workshop and beginning large-scale production.
  • 60s + 70s EN

    The first kitchen cabinets are produced and, in response to this specialisation, the facilities are expanded and the production system improved. The production of freestanding units begins and the concept of modular kitchens emerges, turning the manufacture of single-unit cabinets of the previous decades into a thing of the past.
  • 80s EN

    The production facilities are considerably expanded, new machinery is brought in and the manufacture of wooden fronts begins.
  • 90s EN

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    The fronts evolve and the range of finishes are expanded to include lacquers—textured, silk matt and high gloss. The variety of laminates and melamines is also expanded through a different combination of edges. The MYTHOS model, the first of its kind with a handle-less front, is launched, which was a significant breakthrough for its pure lines.
  • 1995 EN

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    Santos divides the kitchen into areas according to function, turning the concept of the ‘function block’ into a point of reference in kitchen architecture. This system involves the development of new worktops, with varying thicknesses, edges and materials depending on the area for which they are intended.
  • 1997 EN

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    A new facility expansion, which doubles the available production area. Beginning this year, significant investments in industrial equipment are made.
  • 1999 EN

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    Starting point for the optimisation of space in the interiors. A new concept of fitting out interiors is introduced, and kitchens with drawers in the lower area are designed, avoiding the use of doors that hinder access to the unit.
  • 2001 EN

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    Spaces are optimised, with an emphasis on horizontality in the lower area and using drawers of up to 120 cm wide and 65 cm deep. The sizes of the units are also modified: the height of the base units is set at 72 cm to make the most of the space, while the depth reaches 70 cm.
  • 2004 EN

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    Use of more resistant materials and plain fronts to make cleaning easier, while staying true to its pure and functional lines. The MINOS series, an evolution of the handle-less MYTHOS series, becomes available. It comes with several improvements and is combined with steel, a material that makes a strong comeback in fronts, worktops, frames and wall panels.
  • 2007 EN

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    New solutions to optimise kitchen storage capacity. Drawers with a depth of 30, 40 and 60 cm are introduced, with the latter as the new standard for Santos. Likewise, 81 cm tall base units are introduced, allowing for better use of the space in the lower area.
  • 2009 EN

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    The 2009 Santos Collection introduces the assisted opening system (SAA), which makes it possible to open drawers effortlessly while maintaining storage capacity. It also incorporates an innovative solution for integrating the kitchen hood, which—aside from maximising space and including a lighting system for the work area—contributes to greater aesthetic homogeneity in the upper area of the kitchen.
  • 2011 EN

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    The 2011 Santos Collection includes important developments in the construction of the units, among which the drawers in a pearl white finish and the assisted opening system for the wall units (SAA-P) stand out. It also comes with the coplanar sliding system, which provides greater visibility and facilitates access to the interior of the cabinets. Interior accessories made of wood are also developed.
  • 2012 EN

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    The 2012 Santos Collection launches three new handle-less designs. Among them, the INTRA model stands out, with its innovative opening system in which the profile has been adapted to perform the functions of a handle.
  • 2014 EN

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    With the 2014 Collection, Santos embarks on a process of aesthetic purification that gives rise to new designs with handle-less fronts or concealed handles, as well as new integration solutions for electrical appliances and vacuum systems. It also comes with more resistant, practical and durable wooden finishes, consolidating a trend towards simplicity, purity and balance, which contributes to creating more habitable, harmonious and homogeneous environments.
  • 2019 EN

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    The 2019 Santos Collection introduces cabinets with a sleeker design, with reduced-thickness fronts and sides. It also introduces new finishes, accessories, lighting systems and solutions to optimise space. Among the latter, the plinth drawer stands out, which makes the most out of every last inch of space available in the base units. The presence and prominence of the interiors grow, with the option of customising them to the user’s liking.

State-of-the-art technology and production capacity

Santos has developed an ongoing policy of reinvesting profits in its facilities, which now boast an approximate floor area of 40,000 m2 and the latest technology available in its sector. This allows us to have a production system that meets the highest quality criteria in due time and proper form, tripling our capacity to deliver products to new points of sale or new markets with the greatest assurance.

Our Just in Time production system is based on breaking down kitchen cabinets into components and distributing the different items comprising them among the different workflows established according to the characteristics and nature of the materials used: bodies, fronts, fitting, utilities, worktops, line elements and other components. The system, in addition to allowing a quick response to any replenishment request, greatly assists in meeting delivery deadlines with no incidents.

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