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This modern Berlin town house is both a home and a workplace. It’s owned by a chef who divides his time between Germany and his native Switzerland. When in Berlin, he uses his kitchen to devise new recipes, host cookery workshops, and even film demonstrations. In addition, it’s a warm and welcoming home.

If you've ever travelled on the Swiss Railways Glacier Express, you've probably enjoyed this chef's cuisine. Born and trained in Switzerland, his style of cooking is based on the use of seasonal regional produce, from German asparagus to Swiss cheeses. His Berlin base is a modern town house. He's lived here since it was built in 2011. And the centre of activity, naturally, is the kitchen. Professional chefs are taught to work in a systematic, logical and efficient way. And although the owner of this home now writes recipe books rather than working in a restaurant, the discipline of his training shows in the layout of this Poggenpohl +ARTESIO
kitchen.

The unique +ARTESIO arch provides a strong visual focus for the room, defining the cooking area and bathing it in light. Underneath it is an island unit with a stainless steel worktop used for food preparation. The owner was insistent that he wanted the ovens, hob and all cooking equipment to be accommodated along one line in the facing wall – a legacy of his years as a restaurant chef. Colours are contemporary and masculine, the white cabinets contrasting with the dark wood of the breakfast bar, back wall and dining table. Glass fronts complete the look. It’s a calm place in which to cook, and makes an appealing backdrop for those occasions when he’s using his home as a television studio.

Colours are contemporary and masculine, the white cabinets contrasting with the dark wood of the breakfast bar, back wall and dining table. Glass fronts complete the look.
In a Poggenpohl kitchen everything matters to achieve perfection until the last detail, since the design of a handle at the perfect placement of a spice drawer
Customer kitchen in Berlin, Germany
The unique +ARTESIO arch provides a strong visual focus for the room, defining the cooking area and bathing it in light. Underneath it is an island unit with a stainless steel worktop used for food preparation
A legacy to some people, accommodate along one line, the ovens, hob and all cooking equipment
Customer kitchen in Berlin, Germany
Poggenpohl +Artesio island unit with a stainless steel worktop used for food preparation

Being a professional, the owner had strong ideas
about the design and layout of the kitchen, but
he is happy to acknowledge the contribution that
Poggenpohl Berlin made to the finished design. He
had originally wanted a wine cellar below the bar.
The design team convinced him that it would be more
practical and visually pleasing situated elsewhere in
the apartment. He was also impressed by the level
of detail the Poggenpohl design team explored with
him – from the placement of a spice drawer to his
preferred design of handle for doors and drawers.

Having lived with the kitchen for over two years, he says that there’s nothing that he’d change about the layout or specification. The only recent addition has been an instant boiling water tap alongside the mixer tap on the island unit – simply and straightforwardly installed by the Poggenpohl team.
Although happy to use the latest in cooking technologies, the owner is a firm believer in the human touch. Technology, he declares, should be a servant and not a master. The result is a working environment that blends efficiency and warmth.

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