Over the course of several weeks, I’ve whined a lot little about the need to practical during my kitchen facelift. I apologize for that. Whining is not attractive at all. It’s definitely not winning.
Only one of the cabinet magicians I brought in to bid on my job has returned anything even resembling a comprehensive cost list. The bones are still in good shape and I’m trying to be a practical, good steward by reusing as much of my existing cabinetry as I can, but these guys seem to have a hard time accepting the reuse, repurpose, recycle concept. I was even told, “It will only cost about $5000 more if you keep the island and we build new perimeter cabinets.”
Only $5000 more. To paraphrase Shakespeare: A budget by any other name would still be hard to stick to, but I’m not that crazy. How come no one ever says, “It will cost $5000 less?”
Dude: I need new countertops, plus some electrical and plumbing work. Like most everyone I know, I have to spend my money wisely. Your beautiful new cabinets would make it easy for me unload the silverware from the dishwasher straight into the drawer without having to open it, but the thing is, if I don’t have anywhere to prepare dinner then I don’t need a fork anyway.
Would I love all new cabinets? Of course I would. Am I going to get them? No, but if I was and my house was either mid-century modern or contemporary, I would be calling Poggenpohl, not Podunk’s House of I Cain’t Build Your Vision, Interior Design Lady.
I know where the King of Modern Kitchens keeps the pretty and unless I a) win the lottery, b) find that magic lantern I’ve been searching for, or c) discover I’m the sole heir to a ship full of gold, this organized goodness is not coming my way anytime soon. Just because it’s not in my budget, doesn’t mean it’s not in yours, Richie Rich. You should get a load of this:
That is some top-notch walnut, my friends friend.
Poggenpohl presented their new line of drawer inserts and accessories at KBIS this year. Note the square routed into the insert on the left. It keeps their ceramic–not plastic!–spice containers in place. The glass and stainless cylinders are spice shakers.
Oh Lawd, or Laud. Your choice. Either way, it’s all good, but I swear I heard my coffee cry when I uploaded this photo:
I would beg guests to go through my drawers if they were organized like this. (Get your mind out of the gutter. I’m still talking about kitchen drawers.) Poggenpohl’s new drawers are only 8mm thick. They are Euro skinny, but super strong. The construction allows you to utilize the interior space of your cabinets more efficiently.
You know you need a place for your fondue and seafood forks, as well as your cappuccino spoons and chopsticks. Look how much easier they’d be to find:
The truth: There’s a good chance I would let people to look, but not touch. Anyone. Ever. If they did, I’d probably be running around behind them, putting it all back where it belongs. It looks so…lovely, just like it is!
Being that my kitchen is a train wreck right now, this level of organization feels like a foreign concept. Everything from cereal to cooking oil is in the cabinet over the fridge and the pasta lives in the laundry room. What if there was a place for everything and everything was always in it’s place? I wouldn’t know how to comport myself. I’d probably let loose with a string of joyful expletives every time I opened a drawer.
A dish caddy? Oh, happy @*$#&!% day!
See those pull-out drawers up there? They are lit with LEDs; energy saving lighting inside your cabinets, so watch out you don’t spill the beans, because that feature is undoubtably a motivator to keep things extra tidy.
Poggenpohl was a major force in the early stages of open concept, furniture style kitchen design, and they’ve remained atop the leader-board ever since. The introduction of +ARTESIO,a collaboration with German architect and designer Hadi Teherani, at KBIS 2012 keeps the non-tradtional tradition going by incorporating stainless steel countertops and hardware with an alabaster wall system, and a fine walnut finish:
Or you could mix it up by combining a crisp clean white with a dark stain:
Those lines are smoother than this guy’s head:
Here’s a video peek behind the scenes of the construction process, with a little bit about the company’s history thrown in. Even the people are streamlined and gorgeous:
Poggenpohl graciously provided all the images, except this one:
I lifted it from their site to show you that they do quasi-traditional with their Modern Classic line. With more contemporary knobs and pulls, more streamlined door and drawer faces, and a smaller toe kick, I could totally rock a version of this look in my house. Now, who do I see about increasing my budget?
Let’s talk organization, or lack there of. Get the conversation started in the comments!
I was not compensated for this beautifully organized post.