Objects of Design #26: White Kitchens Part II

Continuing the White theme from this year’s Architectural Digest show in New York, what could be a greater object of design than a white kitchen? And here are some beauties from Poggenpohl, the company that not only invented the fitted kitchen, but was also founded as a company making white lacquer furniture.

An all white Poggenpohl kitchen

Poggenpohl was the first German kitchen brand, founded more than 110 years ago and now sells in more than 70 countries around the world.

Poggenpoh's +artesio kitchen
Poggenpoh’s +artesio kitchen

But did you know that the company pretty much invented the concept of the fitted kitchen? It was founded by Friedemir Poggenpohl as a white lacquer company in 1892 and in 1928, he came up with the idea of building interconnecting cabinets with functional interiors. This eventually became the kitchen filled with different units of the 1950s and then, in 1962, the fitted kitchen.

Poggenpohl 1892
A Poggenpohl kitchen of 1892

These first fitted kitchens were created in response to what Poggenpohl saw as its clients’ desire for a modern workspace and the company made continuous counter-top workspace and wall units that matched. Next they replaced the traditional wooden knob handles of the cabinetry with inset laminate handles

the sleek white units are a trademark of the German company

There are  now more than 90 different finishes in the Poggenpohl line, including accents of glass and metal, as well as a dozens of choices of handles and the option for both gloss and matte finishes.

A Plusmodo kitchen from the Poggenpohl range

So, money no object (it’s a good game to play every now and then) which these white kitchens will you have?

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Poggenpohl was one of the sponsors of the Modenus Blog Tour along with MieleBlanco and Silestone for kitchens. For bathrooms, sponsorship was provided by V+A Baths  and Mr Steam as well as Jenn AirDu Verre and Barber Wilsons. With thanks to them all. 

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Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.