Style Fusion

The owners of this Melbourne apartment had clear priorities and tastes. Both love to cook and to entertain, so they wanted their kitchen to be both an efficient working space and a design showcase. The solution was a bespoke fusion of two styles.

The apartment is located on the fourth floor of one of Melbourne’s most sought-after properties, a five-year-old boutique development on St Kilda Road surrounded by the Botanical Gardens. The owners spend much of their year in Hong Kong and this is a perfect home away from home for them. They bought the apartment as a bare shell and commissioned the internal fit-out from start to finish. Their search for a kitchen to measure up to their high standards took them to Poggenpohl Melbourne.
Their designer recalls that his clients weren’t initially convinced that Poggenpohl could meet their vision for the apartment. The breakthrough came when he proposed a bespoke combination of two Poggenpohl ranges: +MODO, with its floating worktop

and open drawers, was selected for the central island unit while +INTEGRATION is used for kitchen furniture that needed to visually blend in with the rest of the apartment.
The brief was to create a kitchen which would dominate the designated space and provide a strong focal point for the entire apartment. It also had to be a working kitchen with a designated clean-up/coffee area, two dishwashers, an instant hot water tap and wine fridges. The clients were clear on their cooking needs: as devotees of Asian and fusion cookery they needed a powerful wok burner combined with an induction hob. An oven sits beside a steam oven and warming drawer to complete the cooking options.

Bespoke combination of two Poggenpohl ranges: +MODO and +INTEGRATION
This Poggenpohl kitchen is both an efficient working space and a design showcase.
Poggenpohl +MODO, with its floating worktop  and open drawers

The clients didn’t want to show off with glossy finishes and luxurious marbles, so Poggenpohl Melbourne worked hand-in-hand with the apartment’s architect to create a subtle combination of finishes, blending finely-textured lacquers of grey and white together with elements of timber.
The highlight of the kitchen is the island bench, a 1.2 m x 4.6 m worktop created as one continuous unit. Putting such a large item in place involved having a crane hoist the worktop up to the fourth floor, in over the terrace and through the apartment to the kitchen. While this is undoubtedly the focus for the room, the owners also like the integrated tall cabinets which visually blend with the rest of the apartment and provide a large amount of space for storage, refrigeration and appliances.
In the five years since its installation, the owners have found their kitchen to be everything they hoped it would be and more. The only change in that time has been to add an extra fridge in exchange for some pantry space. The kitchen is definitely the focus of their home. They both love to entertain – vodka infused salmon is one of their signature dishes. What they love about their Poggenpohl kitchen is the way that it can be open to the rest of the apartment or separated from it by concealed sliding doors. The fusion of +MODO and +INTEGRATION shows that it’s possible to create a unique and customised solution for an individual client’s needs. In the case of this apartment’s owners, it also means that they can really spend time in the kitchen and progress through the living/dining area when they want to.

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