Notre héritage

En 1926, Westye F. Bakke, sa femme Mary et leurs deux enfants, Bud et Elaine, ont déménagé à Madison, dans l’état du Wisconsin aux USA pour commencer une nouvelle vie. C’est là, dans le sous-sol de leur nouvelle maison, que Bakke a construit son premier congélateur autonome, une invention qui a lancé toute une série de créations innovantes et qui a donné naissance à Sub-Zero, la société de fabrication de congélateurs.

1st Sep 1943

Humble Beginnings

Using salvaged scrap metal, Westye F. Bakke builds the first freestanding freezer prototype in his Wisconsin basement.

“As a young man with an idea for a new kind of business, you could do a lot worse than having Frank Lloyd Wright give you your first big break.”
1st Sep 1945

Making It Official

Bakke registers the Sub-Zero Freezer Company as an official corporation. Sub-Zero freezers become the very first appliances to meet the strict new standards set for safe freezing – hence the name.

“All of our design and engineering are aimed at meaningful innovations that contribute to the life of the home”
Jim Bakke—President & CEO
1st Sep 1955

Two in One

Sub-Zero introduce dual refrigeration, ensuring fridge and freezer foods are safely preserved in separate, sealed systems.

1st Sep 1958

The Total Kitchen

Responding to the concept of the ‘total kitchen’, Sub-Zero pioneer built-in refrigeration, customising appliances to match the décor and cabinetry of the individual kitchen.

1st Sep 1964

Refrigerated Furniture

Sub-Zero remain at the forefront of design throughout the 1960s, building refrigerators into bar counters, credenzas and even living room tables.

1st Sep 1967

Best Sellers

Built-in refrigerators become Sub-Zero’s best-selling model, comprising approximately 70% of all sales.

1st Sep 1975

The Sky’s the Limit

Westye’s son Bud Bakke works with Bob Kelly to improve all Sub-Zero models, sourcing better interior lighting and installing the pull-out freezer drawer we take for granted today.

1st Sep 1981

The Next Generation

Third-generation family member, Jim Bakke continues the company legacy throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, adding electric controls and wine coolers to the Sub-Zero portfolio.

1st Sep 1999

A New Kind of Cool

Sub-Zero launches the 400 series, a new type of wine cooler with two separate temperature zones, giving the wine enthusiast ultimate flexibility.

1st Sep 2000

Welcoming Wolf

The new millennium marks an exciting new chapter for Sub-Zero. The company acquires Wolf Gourmet, a leader in commercial cooking appliances since 1933.

1st Sep 2008

NASA Technology

Sub-Zero fridges are designed with an antimicrobial air purification system used by no other than NASA.

1st Sep 2015

70 Years Strong

Sub-Zero & Wolf celebrate 70 years in style, throwing a party for employees and guests at the elegant Dartmouth House in Mayfair.

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