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.
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 If you’re wondering if it could be outdated, just think of how much kitchens have changed since then in terms of products, appliances and how we use them.
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.
It’s Monday and a little diversion is in order. How about a bit of fun with the Royal Family? Little Prince Georgie isn’t the only new thing in the lives of Kate and Will. They’ve just moved into new digs as well, Apartment 1A Kensington Palace to be exact. Read more
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.
Today they continue to think outside the box (pun intended) to offer some of the most cutting edge cabinetry in the industry.
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 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.