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Sex Up your Kitchen with Matte Black

In the fashion world, black always has an air of hipness and sophistication, as in the ubiquitous “little black dress”.  Now, in kitchens and home decor, matte black is all the rage, it’s neutral but also works as a stunning accent when used sparingly.   

 

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Kitchen Work Centers, the New “Triangle”

Whether you are a design professional or an educated homeowner you’ve probably heard the term “kitchen work triangle”. In fact it’s probably one of the first things you learn when endeavoring to create a new kitchen. Who thought this up? It is actually the result of a study made at the University of Illinois in the 1950s! If you’re wondering if it could be outdated, just think of how much kitchens have changed since then in terms of products, appliances and how we use them.

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Perfect Party Mix: Poggenpohl, Blanco and More

One of the most delightful experiences I had on the recent Modenus Blog Tour during Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas (which I’m sure you’ve all been following on social media) was a  penthouse cocktail party located in the Residences at Mandarin Oriental.

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Poggenpohl, Ultimate Form and Function

Poggenpohl new ash wood veneer

Whether your in the market for a new kitchen or you’re in the business of selling kitchens one of the first questions that comes up is, “what’s your style?” Are you traditional, transitional or contemporary?  If the answer is contemporary, the elements to look for include seamless integration, totally efficient function and clean sleek lines.  These happen to be the standards at Poggenpohl, founded over 120 years ago as the first German kitchen brand and now  the best known kitchen brand in the world – present in more than 70 countries around the globe.  Poggenpohl can show you what true European contemporary design is all about.

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We’ve come a long way. This was the first kitchen offered by Poggenpohl in 1892! Check out this timeline to see how designs and technology have progressed over the years

Today they continue to think outside the box (pun intended) to offer some of the   most cutting edge cabinetry in the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new +EDITION collection from Poggenpohl combines the best of both worlds, crisp clean white lacquer with warm natural walnut wood veneer.  It is available in flat panel or thin frame detail door styles. New black glass upper wall cabinets include the same thin frame details with finished interiors and LED lighting.
The new +EDITION collection from Poggenpohl combines the best of both worlds, crisp clean white lacquer with warm natural walnut wood veneer.  It is available in flat panel or thin frame detail door styles. New black glass upper wall cabinets include the same thin frame details with finished interiors and LED lighting.

Behind the scenes storage is also a Poggenpohl hallmark.  A wide range of  available drawer inserts can be customized to your needs.  These kitchens are not designed, they’re engineered!  This includes not only cabinets but thin counter tops, offered in glass or stone, and even integrated glass front cooking appliances!  One can be sure that their kitchens are as pleasurable to look at as they are to work in.  I also love that although the elements are integrated they seem to also stand alone as individual sculptural statements.  (Spoken like a true kitchen designer channeling her inner artist.)

A tricked out backsplash eliminates counter clutter
A tricked out backsplash eliminates counter clutter

A modern European kitchen utilizes the easy to reach back splash area under the upper cabinets.  Other elements to notice include horizontal graining, mid-height cabinetry and a mix of texture and materials.

 

What’s inside counts! A place for everything saves time, the most precious commodity in a busy life

I enjoyed learning about Poggenpohl and their design philosophy as a part of the Modenus Blog Tour New Orleans.

Next up:  We’re gonna get steamy at KFL!  Adding luxury and health benefits to your bathing experience with Mr. Steam

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