The well-equipped Poggenpohl kitchen shown on the next few pages was installed as part of wider-scale conversion of the property. The firm of architects who created and oversaw the building recommended a designer from the Poggenpohl studio in nearby Annemasse for the kitchen project. The decision was swiftly made, because the owners already knew of Poggenpohl’s high reputation. Although they had ideas of their own for their new kitchen, the owners were open to the designer’s suggestions on layout and equipment. The finished kitchen is in a U-shaped layout facing the living and dining areas, so that even when entertaining the owners can enjoy the spectacular mountain views through the picture windows. A central island
features a large worktop with an integrated induction hob. Originally, the owners had wanted the island to feature a small dining area but were persuaded by their designer to locate seating elsewhere. This solution provides maximum storage space in the kitchen zone. The kitchen design had to harmonise with the rustic setting and natural stone and wood of the cottage. The smart yet understated design combines a pin-brushed veneer in terra for the cabinets with Corian worktops and splashbacks in bone. The owners are keen cooks, and their requirements included three ovens, a five-ring induction zone, two dishwashers and a mighty 124 cm-wide American fridge.