DESIGN STUDY: THE FOURTH WALL

A KITCHEN WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Poggenpohl and Electrolux Grand Cuisine represent kitchen design and professional cooking technology at the very pinnacle of luxury. Together they have created a vision of the ultimate home kitchen – a place where gastronomy, creativity and interior design combine to inspiring effect.

Poggenpohl - The Fourth Wall Concept

An element of drama

The kitchen is the heart of the home, a space for living. Inspired by traditional grand kitchens, the Fourth Wall uses advanced technology and professional-standard components to create a place where good food and good company can be enjoyed to the full. A kitchen without boundaries, where imagination and creativity reign.

The name 'Fourth Wall' is taken from the world of theatre, representing the invisible wall that separates audience from actors. It's a perfect description of a kitchen that is a hub of creativity, a celebration of good food, and a showcase for all to enjoy.

Poggenpohl - The Fourth Wall Concept

At the heart of the Fourth Wall concept

is the celebration of food, from choosing the best ingredients and preserving their freshness to sophisticated professional cooking techniques. Here, living herbs and salads grow in controlled environments to be picked and used when required – nothing could be fresher. Throughout the kitchen, every ingredient – fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and oil – is held in ideal conditions of temperature and humidity for the best possible results.

The ingredients in the pantry and storage areas are visible through their transparent cases and beautifully presented, as if hovering in the air. The
organization of ingredients makes it easy and intuitive to store and access them. The scene is set.

Poggenpohl - The Fourth Wall Concept
Poggenpohl - The Fourth Wall Concept
Poggenpohl - The Fourth Wall Concept

Preparation and cooking

Now the cook takes centre stage. Using the power and precision of components like The Sear Hob, The Gas Hob, The Combination Oven and The Blast Chiller, raw ingredients are transformed into glorious dishes as tantalising aromas drift upwards.

The conversation flows easily, with guests enjoying wine served at its ideal temperature. Touches of the finest craftsmanship, such as interesting veneers, natural stone and clever detailing in brass catch the eye. Hand crafted handles appear to float in mid-air as the Intelligent Surfaces they're affixed to shift from solid colour to glass-like transparency. In the background the cool glass and bevelled metal edges of the cooking system complement the décor without dominating it.

The dining experience

For the climax of the performance, the scene changes once again. The focus shifts to the dining area, with a choice of lighting ambience from informal family meal to sophisticated dinner party. The pantry's surface becomes opaque; conversely, the contents of the wine cellar can be conjured into sight at the touch of a switch. As guests settle around the table, they're presented with the first of many mouth-watering courses – yet their host is calm and relaxed, knowing that each dish is being held in perfect condition until the very moment it's served. A flickering fire provides a welcoming touch, completing the circle from the grand dining of the past to this inspiring vision of the ultimate home kitchen.

Poggenpohl - The Fourth Wall Concept