Love at First Sight

This house in Bad Salzuflen, Germany, has been home to the same family since it was built for them in 1987. But times change: after their children had left home, the owners felt it was time for a dramatic transformation. At the heart of their plans was a new kitchen, integrated into a redesigned open-plan living space.

Back in 1987, this stylish German home was a model for modern living. It reflected the style of the time, with an open stairwell, terracotta floors, and natural wood in the ceiling and staircase area. For more than 20 years it proved an ideal family home. But in 2009 the owners, now living as ‘empty nesters’, felt it was time to make a change. They decided to make the kitchen the centre of home life, whether for a quiet breakfast for two or a family dinner party. The choice of kitchen manufacturer was never in question. The owners’ company is a supplier to Poggenpohl, so both husband and wife had first-hand experience of the company’s demanding quality standards. The only question was which design to choose. A visit to Herford, the home of Poggenpohl, settled it. The Porsche Design Kitchen

system captured the imagination of both husband and wife. Its use of a minimalist, modular, rectangular frame without adornment seemed ideal for the new, open-plan layout, especially as the new kitchen had to accommodate the differing ceiling heights caused by removing dividing walls. Working with their Poggenpohl designer, they chose a classic combination of satin-finish white and high-gloss black to create a modern but welcoming ambience. The result is a harmonious connection between the existing wooden furniture and the glass fronts of the new kitchen. The elegant modularity of the Porsche Design Kitchen’s low cabinets, where the hob, oven and coffee machine are housed, connects the kitchen and living areas.

Poggenpohl Porsche Design satin-finish white and high-gloss black to create a modern but welcoming ambience
Poggenpohl Porsche Design satin-finish white with its aluminium-framed cabinets and aluminium bar handle
Customer kitchen in Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Poggenpohl Porsche Design Kitchen a minimalist, modular, rectangular frame without adornment and an open-plan layout, elements no longer need to be arranged side by side but can be positioned anywhere within the frame.
The handleless fronts emphasise the uncompromising aesthetics of the furniture and its white colour allows fitting beautifully within its environment
The elegant modularity of the Poggenpohl Porsche Design Kitchen’s low cabinets, where the hob, oven and coffee machine are housed, connects the kitchen and living areas.
The breakfast and lunch bar with its integrated coffee machine starts the day off on the right note, and the integral TV blurs the boundaries between cooking and relaxation in the evenings

A particular favourite of the owners came from a suggestion of their Poggenpohl designer. The breakfast and lunch bar with its integrated coffee machine starts the day off on the right note, and the integral TV blurs the boundaries between cooking and relaxation in the evenings. Both husband and wife enjoy Mediterranean-style food, before moving to the sitting area with a glass of wine at the end of the evening. The couple’s kitchen reflects the changing spirit of the times. Instead of being hidden away, the preparation of food has become part of the art of hosting, something to be shared with guests. The aesthetic of shared cooking and eating was important in the planning of the kitchen. Visitors, family and friends all comment on the welcoming ambience of this refreshed and transformed space.

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