“Thou shalt not eat bad food from ugly plates.” The family refers to this tongue-in-cheek motto as their eleventh commandment. Food matters to them: meals are lingered over and each member of the family is a keen cook. They cook all their meals from scratch – it takes a little longer, but the results are worth it – and their tastes range from Italian, French and Spanish food to spicy Asian cuisine. Not forgetting traditional Norwegian dishes, naturally. Their home was the result of close collaboration between the owners, their architect, a master craftsman and Poggenpohl Oslo. The house was designed to offer the best possible views of the surrounding countryside with large picture windows facing east and west that open up completely to allow the outside in. Planning the kitchen correctly was essential, as water pipes, electrical wiring and ventilation pipes are all embedded in the concrete floor. No alterations could be done once the concrete was set.
The owners say that Poggenpohl Oslo provided outstanding service, far exceeding that of the other kitchen suppliers they asked to quote for the job.
Right from the start, the owners felt they had a good connection with their Poggenpohl designer, sharing ideas and developing the design as a team. During the planning they decided on a bespoke sink unit and – on the recommendation of the designer – a soda dispenser, which has become a firm favourite with all the family. Another helpful suggestion was to elevate the dishwasher to working height, making the daily task of loading and unloading it more comfortable. The owners are pleased with all the fitted appliances and describe their steam oven as irreplaceable. They also like the exhaust fan that is embedded in the bench, noting that it is efficient, saves space and is easy to clean. With its orange countertop and contrasting titan grey finish for the kitchen units, the kitchen is a vibrant and invigorating room.