the poggenpohl kitchen – traditional values with a modern vibe


A recent trip to the Poggenpohl Kitchen showroom in London has changed my mind about kitchen design.  There are times when as an interior designer one has to just admit that after 120+ years, outfits like Poggenpohl know a thing or two about kitchen design and customization!



Established in Germany in 1892, Poggenpohl is today a leading luxury kitchen cabinet purveyor with showrooms all over the world.  Committed to design, research, quality and innovation, they come out with an updated kitchen concept about every other year, and with over 70 cabinet fronts to choose from, one can jointly design a smashing kitchen with them – either classic or contemporary.



The process in working with them is the same as working with your interior or kitchen designer:

1)   You share a spatial representation of the area (photos and drawings)
2)   You discuss your style
3)   You discuss your needs: cooking, entertainment, storage
4)   You select finishes



The final price really depends on the cabinet fronts and finishes you pick and there are roughly 6 price groups:

1)   laminates
2)   laminates with an aluminum edge
3)   lacquer – the most popular finish which they introduced in the 1950s
4)   wood veneers
5)   glass – back painted
6)   exotic woods, stainless steel, aluminum, raised panel

As in everything, the more sybaritic your taste, the more you have to pay.  Isn’t that a curse!!!



While inspecting the Poggenpohl kitchen, one thing I learned is that it’s as exquisite on the inside as it is on the outside.  Its impeccable drawers and pull-outs are made with some of the finest materials and the joining and finishes are immaculate.  The pull-out doors come with LED’s that automatically activate when the door is opened.  It’s these things that make it the Bentley; sorry they’re German so … the Porsche, of kitchen design!



One last thing. The Poggenpohl kitchens are versatile and adaptable enough to sit in a palatial estate or fit into a 6 foot NY city apartment.  And that’s an excellent thing to know because I always assumed they turned up their nose at small spaces.  So they’re not snooty. Another good reason to consider them for your next kitchen project.



richard rabel
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city

image credits: Poggenpohl, Germany with international dealers and access worldwide
Poggenpohl is a sponsor of MODENUS BlogTour London.  The opinions in the feature are my own and were published freely after physical inspection.



  • Jonathan Handley

    Good, informative article. Shows that what was once thought of as inovative designs/concepts can be updated, improved.
    Declare an interest here, as Compac supply Quartz worktops in Poggenpohl show rooms, as well as completed Poggenpohl kitchens in consumers homes.

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for touching base.

  • Jeanette Cataldo

    Good to know, thank you for sharing Richard.

  • Judy

    Valuable information

  • JK

    Poggenpohl makes a gorgeous cabinet. They are innovative in their styling and finishes. I use to sell Poggenpohl in the mid 90’s and recently purchased a kitchen through their Boston showroom. My clients are thrilled. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a Poggenpohl kitchen.

    Just like domestic cabinetry, there are European options to meet most price points and we all know who hits the low price point! I am doing some consulting design work for Your German Kitchen at the Boston Design Center. They carry Nobilia and Nolte, both German engineered. The average cabinets costs are running the clients between $18K and $35K. Great product at a reasonable cost and they ship countrywide and are worth a look if you are in the market for a stylish European cabinet.

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for sharing.

  • Philip

    Richard, not just Poggenpohl but various European manufacturers & design spin off companies know a thing or two.

    The Europeans have had long battles over space in many ways and with the high cost of construction and limited available development space they have had to become very creative. Many of the gadgets that we in the US are starting to see and particularly from companies like Poggenpohl have been around for a long time but are now starting to make sense as we evaluate our own increased costs.

    Energy is clearly a moving target cost wise upwards as is construction SF pricing and with more limited available development space available to central work hubs it translates into smaller dwellings. A good thing I think as we in the US start to evaluate our individual environmental footprint more closely if only because those energy costs including gasoline remind us to be a bit more frugal and aware every day.

    So to kitchens we see the Euro design which reduces the dead space at the hinges and encourages the use of drawers over cupboards to increase capacity. Minimizing the dead spaces and inefficiencies is at the heart of the European cabinet design. Also reach ranges & stacking, reduced width appliances with highly energy efficient management & use all integrated, durable and with clean lines.

    That is not to say that the Smallbone concept is dead but that when spacial & energy efficiency is to be optimized then this Poggenpohl design style is definitely the way to go.

    The same design features are available at varying qualities including IKEA so for those who want to work with space & budgets I can assure you that you need not pay Poggenpohl prices to achieve something similar. Although having designed a few Poggenpohl kitchens in my time I can attest to the quality and say that it is worth it if you can afford it.

    From a design stand point I myself get a real kick out of making an inexpensive European manufacturers kitchen look & work like a Poggenpohl but for a fraction of the cost but then that’s me. I also really like small kitchens……

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for your very thoughtful commentary. I appreciate the effort!

  • Marcus Danson

    Wow, looks really really great!

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for checking in.

      • Marcus Danson

        Admittedly enthusiastic about the allure and versatility of Poggenpohl 🙂

  • Alison Weidner

    In today’s economy, at least in my part of the world, Atlanta, Georgia, we talk a lot about value and price. There are a number of companies out there that say they are “like Poggenpohl but not as expensive”. Thanks for talking about value and differentiation on our behalf. We love what we do.

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for reaching out!

  • Gina B.

    I am a huge fan of Poggenpohl.

    • themodernsybarite

      as u can see … me 2!

  • Anna Baraness

    I completely agree. We just installed one of their kitchen’s for a client’s guest house and the kitchen is wonderful and the people were so great to deal with!

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for checking in Anna!

  • Brad Beardsley

    Quality never goes out of style while keeping with the current trends!

    • themodernsybarite


  • Cheryl Carpenter

    Great review of a wonderful product and brand. The website has recently been updated and expanded.

    Cheryl Carpenter
    Studio Manager / Designer at Poggenpohl Houston

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for the heads-up.

  • F. Reynold

    Oh, to have such a budget! I really like the new trend where the countertop material on an island flows over the ends and becomes the material of the end caps.

    • themodernsybarite

      Me too. It’s called “cascading”. But if you’re to remodel or design from scratch, its def somebody to contact. Prices are all over the place. So don’t assume (like I once did) that they are only for the 1%.

      • F. Raeynolds

        Ah, thank you for the lingo! I saw one where they had a wood slab
        countertop — you know, the kind with the raw edges from the sides of the
        tree — that cascaded partially down one end. It was stunning.