Light and Natural

There’s something restful to the eye about this home in Tiel, Netherlands. Perhaps it’s the soaring roof space, the abundant light and the sparing use of natural colours that reflect those used in the exposed roof trusses. Certainly the owners find it the perfect place to cook, eat, relax and entertain.

The setting for the kitchen is a 1950s house near Tiel, a fruit-producing region in the heart of the Netherlands. The owners moved in eight years ago, attracted by the charm of the house and its proximity to their workplaces. In 2010 they decided to build an extension that would be the setting for a new Poggenpohl kitchen. Both husband and wife enjoy cooking, particularly Italian cuisine with its emphasis on fresh produce, simple flavours and generous hospitality. They’re also keen on gourmet dining, vegetarian cookery and exploring new forms of regional cuisine.

The new kitchen and its dining area was high on their list of priorities. They wanted an open, well-equipped space in which to cook for friends and family. In selecting a kitchen brand, the owners looked for quality, design and durability. This brought them to Poggenpohl. They chose to work with the Poggenpohl kitchen planner from Verhoeks Keukens and were delighted to find that the entire process of design, planning and installation was “perfect and harmonious.”

At the far end of the room there’s a dining table and chairs for more formal occasions. At the centre of the room, integrated Poggenpohl tall wall units to lodge the hob, coffee machine and two helpful warming drawers
The abundant light and the sparing use of natural colours make this kitchen into a perfect place to cook, eat, relax and entertain
At the far end of the room there’s a dining table and chairs for more formal occasions. At the centre of the room, integrated Poggenpohl tall wall units to lodge the hob, coffee machine and two helpful warming drawers
Poggenpohl drawers have all the storage space you can get. Drawers within cupboards allows you to use every inch of space in the units
White Corian sink with stainless steel base
Poggenpohl´s island in white with a white Corian worktop, for a modern and minimalist kitchen
Full Integrated appliance, a process of design, planning and installation executed in detail

They wanted a modern and minimalist kitchen. Specifically, an island in white with a white Corian worktop. The rest of the design evolved naturally from their discussions. Originally the architects had proposed locating the kitchen area at one end of the new extension, but on the designer’s suggestion the kitchen area was moved to the centre of the room. The black stools and white island unit make a strong focal point for the space against the neutral grey floor and white walls. At the far end of the room there’s a dining table and chairs for more formal occasions. The hob and the coffee machine are two of the owners’ favourite features, though they also mention the warming drawers, another helpful suggestion from the Poggenpohl designer. The kitchen was completed in 2010 and the couple are delighted with the result. It more than meets their brief for an open, relaxing and versatile space. They both work so the kitchen is mainly used for breakfast and evening meals. At the weekend they often entertain friends, so it becomes the centre of the home. In their own words, “It all works perfectly and was executed in detail.”

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