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- 1928 saw Poggenpohl present its Reform kitchen, consisting of connected units, separate shoe cabinet as well as a sink, table and chair, reflecting the technical achievements of the age. Known as “Zehner Schleiflack” (10-layer polished lacquer), the Reform kitchen’s new surface material gained a reputation that extended well beyond Germany’s borders.
- In February 1950 Poggenpohl presented the first mass-produced unit kitchen, the “form 1000”. Twelve years later, the company brought out the form 2000 as the world’s first fitted kitchen, setting the trend for future kitchen generations.
- In 1968 Poggenpohl launched the first solid wood kitchen, thereby guiding the trend towards wooden kitchens.
- 1970 saw the arrival of “experiment 70”, the futuristic study of a round kitchen developed in conjunction with Luigi Colani and the Institute for Environmental Physiology.
- In the 1980s and 1990s Poggenpohl continued to set new standards in kitchen design with innovative developments: 1982 saw the launch of the +DIMENSION75® midway range, optimizing the use of space between wall and base units. In 1995 Poggenpohl created a new milestone in ergonomic engineering with the +MAXMORE® large cabinetry system.
- Poggenpohl entered the new millennium with a further design highlight: +SEGMENTO, known as the ‘weightless’ kitchen, emphasizes the horizontal. In 2001 +SEGMENTO was presented with the Good Design Award by the Architecture and Design Museum ‘The Chicago Athenaeum’.
- Poggenpohl presented +INTEGRATION, the concept of the overriding kitchen, at the 2004 Milan Furniture Exhibition. The once utopian vision of integrating design, architecture, technology and new media, in the way Colani did for Poggenpohl back in 1970, had become a reality. With +INTEGRATION, Poggenpohl let a dream take shape, once again writing a new page in furniture history.
- +MODO is the name of the latest kitchen architecture created for Poggenpohl by the renowned Spanish designer Jorge Pensi. It is a powerful, poetic dialogue between presentation and concealment. Shown for the first time at the Cologne Furniture Exhibition in 2005, the kitchen architecture appeals to consumers with a penchant for good design.
- In September 2007 Porsche Design Group and Poggenpohl Möbelwerke GmbH presented their co-designed kitchen Poggenpohl Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340. Aluminium profiles of different sizes, which permit individual styling, constitute the basic framework of the new kitchen. Within the aluminium frames, customers can position cabinet elements any way they would like. The result is a modular, spacious and extremely versatile system of frames and carcasses that deliberately integrates clear spaces into the overall design concept. In 2011 the kitchen featured an innovative front. Poggenpohl was the first kitchen manufacturer in the world to use carbon in front design. Used in motor racing, this ultra-light, yet extremely strong and temperature-resistant carbon fiber compound is used today in many areas of the aerospace industry and also, increasingly, in vehicle bodies. For the carbon front of the Poggenpohl Porsche Design kitchen P´7340, the material is laminated and applied to the back of a glass front. This additionally underscores the carbon’s three-dimensional look.
- In April 2010 Poggenpohl presented the kitchen concept +ARTESIO during the Milan furniture fair. Poggenpohl developed the new kitchen in collaboration with the Hamburg star architect Hadi Teherani. With +ARTESIO, kitchen design and room architecture joined together to form totally new room spaces. This groundbreaking concept encompasses not only floors and walls, but also the ceiling in the kitchen planning and, in doing so, fundamentally integrates the living area into the kitchen space.
- Poggenpohl established a new trend color in the kitchen in 2013 with “stone grey”. Poggenpohl, renowned not only for recognizing but also implementing new trends, thus introduced a color on to the market that deliberately avoids being “loud” but has a “subdued” effect instead. Stone gray is available in a consistent color scheme as melamine resin laminate, hydro lacquer or as high-gloss lacquer. Combination with wood shades such as holm oak or walnut lends a “warm” contrast to the kitchen.
- In April 2014, Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio continued their successful cooperation with the introduction of the new Poggenpohl P´7350 Design by Porsche Design Studio. The result is a kitchen architecture that departs from the horizontal lines of conventional kitchens in a completely new interpretation. This effect is made possible by the technology of industrial mitering of the front and carcass. The front merges with the carcass in the miter to form a highly delicate, vertical line. The mitered cut of the carcass is additionally covered with a stainless steel-effect aluminium profile. Poggenpohl is the first kitchen manufacturer to be able to produce this elaborate finish with the aid of leading edge, extremely high-precision manufacturing techniques.
I hope you enjoyed the blog post. I find it fascinating for two things about the Poggenpohl: the longevity of the brand and first German Kitchen Brand still going strong at 128 years. In addition, the products are impeccable, and quality speaks for itself.
Have a wonderful evening.