Open House

This beautiful country house set in a Norwegian wood was built for its current owners, a couple who live there with their 18-year-old twin sons. It’s an idyllic location, and a spacious family kitchen was part of their plans from day one.

“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.

Fitted appliances, an irreplaceable steam oven and an 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.
Customer kitchen in Oslo, Norway
Poggenpohl bespoke sink
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Norway Oslo - Customer Kitchen Chairs
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Norway Oslo - Customer Kitchen Dining Table
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Norway Oslo - Customer Kitchen Terrace

This family home is literally and figuratively an open house. Their sons’ friends are always welcome to drop by, as are neighbours. They’re happy to be known as the unofficial ‘neighbourhood café’, and in springtime they open the doors from the kitchen to the front of the house, where they can enjoy the sun and the garden with its café table by the waterfall and goldfish pond. Whatever the weather, the Poggenpohl kitchen is the heart of their open house, the place where everything happens. And although it has been five years since the house and kitchen were finished, they wouldn’t change a thing. Why tinker with perfection?

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