Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

The last time the designers at Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio got together was in 2009.

The result was the P`7340, a fitted kitchen built for a man’s needs and tastes, along the lines of the precious little speedster that’s been dominating Germany’s Autobahn since the end of World War II.

Now the two firms have joined forces again – to design a kitchen that’s a little more family-oriented, and ready to accommodate multiple generations.

It’s called the P`7350, and it’s about connecting the kitchen with the rest of the home. “There’s a glass top that connects the cook top with the dining table or island, and a backsplash that’s see-through, with no barrier between you and your guests,” says Lori Dolnick, spokesperson for Poggenpohl. “It’s connecting cooking and eating spaces.”

It’s also on the cutting edge of what’s trending now in kitchen design, departing from the horizontal lines of conventional kitchens. Using  industrial mitering of its cabinet front and body, the two merge to form an exquisitely engineered, vertical line. The mitered cut of the cabinet body is then covered with a stainless steel-effect aluminum profile.

“The blades or trim go vertically up and down in between the cabinet boxes – the front is laminate and the sides are brushed aluminum blades,” she says. “Plus the recessed aluminum feature goes all way up to the countertop, with the counters going across horizontally.”

The colors, too, are keeping up with the newest trends in kitchen palettes. The finishes are basically neutral – black, white and gray, with an optional gray walnut wood veneer as well.

“Gray has surpassed beige in kitchen design,” she says. “This is a kitchen that goes with a lot of surfaces right now.”

And where 2009’s P`7340 may have been a masculine kitchen designed for a handful of sales every year, the P`7350’s more likely to be a mainstay in the Poggenpohl line. “It makes it easy for people to share spaces, with connected spaces,” she says. “It’s really about horizontal meeting vertical to explore further and create something for the family.”

And, with a whole lot of style.

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