Since January of 2018 I’ve been working with Poggenpohl, Germany’s oldest kitchen brand, since 1892. I’ve done a variety of projects in the ensuing months, presented in both hand drawings and NPR/Sketchup renderings. Here are some samples:
This first project is a lovely stone house c1913 on a quiet lane in the leafy northwest section of Philadelphia. Always difficult fitting a modern kitchen into a small cottage with low ceilings and without ability to move any walls or alter much of anything architecturally.
This next project is a beach condominium renovation, a complete gut/reconstruct which is centered around the kitchen and living ensemble. Although the project has evolved considerably this original concept gives and idea of the space:
This project is another beach residence, this time a new construction open plan retreat with sweeping views of the back bay. The original, very quick concept sketch:
And after many changes, the final rendering. The finishes are Sand Grey including a matching matte glass 11′ countertop, light and dark ash and the short-lived Silestone Silver Lake quartz for the mono-block island. Short lived? Silestone discontinued this finish almost as soon as they introduced it. We loved the finish and searched hard to find the slabs as it was too heartbreaking to look for something else to reach the same effect.
This next project is a sprawling 1980’s modern house in a pastoral Pennsylvania valley town. 1980’s houses are fascinating, with red oak floors throughout and original kitchens that still look good but have hopelessly outdated appliances and semi-concealed (and non-functioning) old Sub Zero refrigerators. In this case, the original owners put in an Almillmo kitchen, and the new buyers wanted to keep in the spirit of the home.
We tied into the original Jenn Air downdraft location since a vent hood was not possible with the epic 20′ skylight down the middle of the room. Looking out onto a koi pond, the space has a wonderful and well-lit feel. We could not adjust the windows due to the stone exterior construction.
The best part of this project is how the owners came to acquire the property. Jane, our client, grew up in the neighborhood. She babysat in this house and loved the family who lived here. After getting remarried in the mid 2000s, she was taking her new husband on a nostalgic trip down the old street when she noticed a for-sale sign on this stone-clad gem. Seeking a new family home, Jane promptly made a winning offer and moved in with her new husband.
All the ensuing renovations and yard plantings have been sympathetic to her memories of the property. She showed me a Polaroid of her babysitting in the house c1988 – and it still looks the same! It was an honor to be part of such a passionate project.
Many more projects to share in future updates.