Shades of Inspiration

Some people choose a kitchen for its quality and durability. For others, a more artistic sensibility comes into play. As this Japanese home shows, you can enjoy both distinctive design and outstanding quality in the same kitchen.

When a kitchen is a room within a room, standing in an open living area, the owners can choose whether they want it to blend into its surroundings or make a bold design statement. In the case of this Japanese home, owned by a husband and wife in their fifties, the kitchen provides a strong and dramatic focal point. For the lady of the household, the choice of Poggenpohl was originally inspired by a colour. Viewing the work of artist Robert Heindel one day, she saw what she described as a 'great red' and was delighted to encounter the same shade a little later when visiting a Poggenpohl showroom.

The sight of that particular shade, and Poggenpohl's reputation for quality, helped seal the decision. At the time, the couple were in the process of moving from a high-rise condominium to a house they'd commissioned on a plot of inner-city land. Design is important to the owners and they spent a long time perfecting the specification and fit-out of their house. The result is inspiring, individual and engaging. With the expert assistance of their Poggenpohl designers, they chose a layout and specification that draws the eye without dominating the room. The gloss surface reflects the light and adds to the sense of openness.

Poggenpohl´s aesthetic considerations prompted the choice but the practical side of the installation equally made an impression
Poggepohl  gloss surface reflects the light and adds to the sense of openness
When a kitchen is a room within a room, standing in an open living area,  you can choose whether you want it to blend into its surroundings or make a bold design statement
Customer kitchen in Japan
Poggenpohl drawers and pull-outs are functional and comfortable to use, with plenty of space to store heavy dishware and pans
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Japan - Spanish Red Kitchen Flap Opening
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Japan - Spanish Red Kitchen Worktop

Aesthetic considerations may have prompted the choice of Poggenpohl but the practical side of the installation also impressed the owners. Drawers and pull-outs are functional and comfortable to use, with plenty of space to store heavy dishware and pans. The spice rack is another welcome feature, being immediately accessible when cooking.
The new kitchen has even inspired the husband to try his hand at cooking for the first time. Both the husband and wife are busy people but they have a dream of being retired and able to entertain friends with homemade dishes that they have cooked together in their kitchen. That may be some time away – and the husband may need to go on a cookery course first – but their kitchen will be the perfect setting. It is, after all, designed to last a lifetime.

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