Enduring Relationship

The owners of this beautiful top-floor apartment in Vilvoorde, Belgium, are happy to mix old with new, placing cherished antique furniture within a contemporary setting. They recently moved here to be closer to their family. Entertaining their children and grandchildren is an important part of their lives.

When they retired they decided to leave their large family home and move to a city apartment to be closer to the rest of their family. But the home they have created is no humble retirement flat. They’ve shown a bold vision in mixing the traditional style of their furnishings with the sleek, ultra-modern lines of a new Poggenpohl kitchen. Their local Poggenpohl dealer, Firma de Vis Gent, has been in business since 1957, and has previously created Poggenpohl kitchens for the owners’ former homes. Even though the location was new, the owners wanted to retain all the conveniences and facilities of their previous Poggenpohl kitchen. They briefed the design team that the kitchen had to be

integrated within the main living area and feature a large island that would include seating for informal dining. Their previous Poggenpohl kitchen had featured an aluminium finish but the owners decided to choose something different for their penthouse home. They saw the high-gloss combination of black and cubanit in the showroom and instantly fell in love with it. The design and planning process was smooth and harmonious. The team at Poggenpohl knew their tastes and preferences when it came to layout, and also had their previous kitchen specifications as a reference. The apartment was newly-built so all the fittings, from lighting to flooring, could be to the owners’ specifications.

There’s seating for eight at the long, broad island worktop. Ovens, a coffee machine and a sink are all accommodated in the facing wall, together with plenty of storage space for food and cooking utensils.
Customer Kitchen in Vilvoorde, Belgium
As the design of this apartment shows, the owners are confident when it comes to combining the best of old and new.
The light that streams in reflects off the high-gloss surfaces of the Poggenpohl kitchen to brighten even the dullest of days.
Customer kitchen in Vilvoorde, Belgium
Customer kitchen in Vilvoorde, Belgium
Poggenpohl kitchen integrated within the main living area and feature a large island that would include seating for informal dining.

It’s a high-ceilinged space with tall windows that open onto a balcony. The light that streams in reflects off the high-gloss surfaces of the kitchen to brighten even the dullest of days. There’s seating for eight at the long, broad island worktop. Ovens, a coffee machine and a sink are all accommodated in the facing wall, together with plenty of storage space for food and cooking utensils. The dining table and cane-backed chairs come into their own for formal dining and celebrations. Since moving in a year ago the owners have enjoyed the transition to their new city life. They especially love cooking for the grandchildren every Wednesday. After all, traditional Belgian cookery is famous for its use of cream, butter and other tempting ingredients. Lighter fare such as seafood is often on the menu, too. As the design of this apartment shows, the owners are confident when it comes to combining the best of old and new.

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