I have a new client who was looking for an interior designer who does modern homes. He googled "Poggenpohl" and an article I wrote 2 years ago on my "Modern Buckhead Loft" came up on his internet search and now he is my newest client.
I had written the article about why great quality and great design is timeless and why as an interior designer, I want my clients to invest in the future.
The following is the updated blog post I wrote about why I had selected Poggenpohl for the design project when I have many options for modern kitchen cabinetry.
My new client grew up with a Poggenpohl kitchen and as fate would have it, he found me.
DISCLAIMER: I do not work for Poggenpohl, nor did I receive any money or attend a blog tour sponsored by Poggenpohl. I just believe in sharing great quality and good design.
My design philosophy of Great Design + Long Lasting Functionality = Outstanding value for my clients investment, means I am selecting the highest quality product my clients can afford as a long term investment.
When doing renovation projects I ask my clients do they want long lasting quality, functionality, and durability in the selections they make for their kitchen and the answer is always, "Yes."
Poggenpohl kitchens are nothing new to me as an interior designer. It is the top kitchen brand in the world and the oldest.
I was thrilled to find a Poggenpohl Design Center in the heart of Buckhead for my renovation project. The kitchen studio was formerly in the House of Denmark Showroom.
Because this luxury brand is made in Germany, I became a design consultant and not a kitchen designer for this project. I usually design and specify all my kitchens but I needed someone familiar with the intricacies of this bespoke European kitchen cabinetry and deferred to John Coulter, the Poggenpohl Atlanta designer.
1.The Longevity of the Brand- Brief History
I was fascinated by the history behind Poggenpohl, because it is considered the top leader in kitchen innovation.
Poggenpohl has been around since 1892 and is the oldest and best known kitchen brand in the world. Started by Friedemir Poggenpohl with his only focus on kitchen cabinetry. He produced in 1923, the "Ideal" a free standing kitchen cabinet. The Poggenpohl kitchen was a great influencer on American kitchens Read more...
The Frankfurt kitchen was designed by Austria's first female architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926,after she conducted extensive tests regarding kitchen efficiency,hygiene, and workflow and interviewed housewives and women groups.
Each kitchen came complete with a swivel stool, a gas stove, built-in storage, a fold-down ironing board, an adjustable ceiling light, and a removable garbage drawer. Labeled aluminum storage bins provided tidy organization for staples like sugar and rice as well as easy pouring. Careful thought was given to materials for specific functions, such as oak flour containers (to repel mealworms) and beech cutting surfaces (to resist staining and knife marks). You can read about it here.
In 1950, Poggenpohl introduces the first unit kitchen at the Furniture Fair in Cologne. And the rest is history. Read more.
2. Great Design Aesthetic
Poggenpohl has the competitive edge when it comes to the highest quality and the widest selection of product finishes in the high end European kitchen design.
Many people associate modern kitchen design with Poggenpohl but it also has a traditional design style in it's +Edition collection.
When you see the sleek cabinetry and modern sensibility, you may say to yourself, “I don’t like Modern Design”, but as I say to my young clients, “You just haven’t caught up to it yet.”
Modern Design is timeless. The minimalist,less is more design sensibilities. My young professionals and my over 50 year old clients love it equally, but they both want high quality, functional design solutions, and a less cluttered look in their home. Quiet sophistication at it’s finest.
3. Functional Design Solutions
Great looks hide the secret to my heart in every project- Functional design!!
What appears to be ordinary additional upgrades in cabinets are actually great universal design elements, but “universal” doesn’t mean “old or handicapped”, it means “everyone will love it!” Here are my favorite Universal or Functional design elements found in Poggenpohl kitchens.
Motion drive automatically opens and closes drawers without the need of handles. Every drawer has the runners underneath not on the side to optimize the interiors.
4. Built to Last
Leave it to Poggenpohl to go above and beyond quality assurance.
Is it because we come to expect quality in German engineering and high performance design?
That is something that creates value, money well spent, and in the end a very affordable design investment. If something is made of superior quality and craftsmanship, it has long lasting durability. Long lasting durability = affordable design solutions.
1977 Poggenpohl kitchen in Atlanta still loved by the homeowners.
My mother’s kitchen from 1977 would not have held up to the test of time. This kitchen is not dated because of the door style and the quality of a Poggenpohl kitchen.
5. Innovative Design
Poggenpohl is constantly reinventing the kitchen and it’s latest installments are the partnership with Porsche Design Studio for the P’7340 and P’7350 series and they partnered with Electrolux Grand Cuisine for the Fourth Wall which was just introduced last year.
+Stage is the latest design concept from Poggenpohl introduced in 2016.
Ingenious Design for maximum creative freedom. "bar", "office", "breakfast", "wardrobe", "kitchen" and "tea" - Countless ideas and possibilities of fulfilling one's own unique personal requirements.
Porsche Design kitchen P’7340 has aluminum framed cabinets creating a modular looking kitchen.
Newest from the Porsche Design team is the P’7350 which is concentrating on the harmonious marriage of horizontal and vertical lines.
Poggenpohl and Electrolux Grand Cuisine teamed up to create The Fourth Wall which combines gastronomy, creativity, and interior design to luxurious heights. Using advanced technology and professional standard components to create the ultimate entertaining space in your home.
As we all know, the kitchen is where everyone stays when you throw a party. Why not make the kitchen spectacular!!
Well, do you see why I get so excited about the great design and quality of Poggenpohl?
I hope you enjoyed learning about what creates outstanding value for the dollar spent on a kitchen project and may rethink why top kitchen brands like Poggenpohl last longer and have survived economic downturn.
It’s not because they are the most expensive, it’s because of the quality, the durability, and the long lasting functionality that goes into the kitchens designed by these top brands that all started because of Poggenpohl.
Are you ready for a modern kitchen design?
Let's schedule a meeting and see how we can incorporate a Poggenpohl kitchen in your home!
Robin LaMonte is the acclaimed interior designer behind her company, Rooms Revamped Interior Design based in Atlanta, Ga.