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Poggenpohl is a German 'Superbrand' specializing in kitchen cabinets. In Germany the facilities are located in Herford, Germany. Poggenpohl Möbelwerke claims to be the oldest kitchen brand in the world and one of the leading international brand names in kitchen design, known in more than 70 countries worldwide. 1993's Foundations of Corporate Success describes it along with the luxurious manufacturer Bulthaup as dominant in "the high quality mass-production [kitchen furniture] sector."[1][2]

Poggenpohl Möbelwerke GmbH
Industryfurniture manufacturer
HeadquartersHerford, Germany
Key people
Patrick Heinen (Managing Director)
Productskitchen cabinets
Number of employees
500 (2012)
ParentADCURAM Group AG


The Poggenpohl kitchen 1892

In 1892, the brand Poggenpohl was established as a white lacquer furniture company founded by Freidemir Poggenpohl. Poggenpohl was successful with introducing ergonomic work-top heights, and storage innovations aimed at improving the kitchen.[3] In 1923, Poggenpohl introduced a free-standing commodious cupboard called The Ideal which was also adopted by American cabinet manufacturer Kitchen Maid. The Poggenpohl cupboard was the forerunner of The Fitted Kitchen in the "Era of the Commodious Cupboard".[4] The company continued to create new products and techniques; in 1928, it introduced the reform kitchen, a significant innovation in the industry, and in 1930, it created the 'ten-layer polished lacquer technique'.[3]

In 1950, Poggenpohl was again an industry forerunner, as it launched the first unit kitchen, which has become the kitchen industry standard. These kitchens, created in response to what Poggenpohl saw as a desire for the modern in its customer base, offered a continuous counter-top workspace and wall units that matched.[5] As the product line evolved, they replaced the traditional wooden knob handles of the cabinetry with inset "strip" laminate handles.[5]

In 1970, Poggenpohl authorizes its first dealer in the United States, in Barrington, NJ. AV Kitchens (or AV Poggenpohl Studio) directly imports kitchens from Poggenpohl AG for more than two decades under the auspices of dealer president Stephen Rabinowitz, in cooperation with Poggenpohl AG Chief Executive Herr Ludwig. In 1986, Poggenpohl USA is formed in Allandale, NJ as an arm of the manufacturer in the United States, intended to facilitate communications and logistics of U.S.-based orders into German manufacturing facilities.

In 2004, Poggenpohl introduced the first technology kitchen with entertainment and smart home technology, and in 2007, Poggenpohl introduced the first product brand kitchen with Porsche Design implementing the P'7340 - Porsche Design Kitchen.[3]

In December 2016 Swedish Nobia has come to an agreement with German Adcuram Group on the sale of Poggenpohl Möbelwerke.[6]


  1. ^ Kay, John Anderson (1993). Foundations of Corporate Success: How Business Strategies Add Value. Oxford University Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-19-828781-X.
  2. ^ "Kitchen Designs". Sunday, 25 November 2018
  3. ^ a b c Poggenpohl Kitchens Home Accessed 2009-02-24
  4. ^ Freeman, Judith (2003). The Fitted Kitchen: A Piece of Twentieth-century English Cultural History. Berg Publishers. p. 42. ISBN 1-85973-699-8.
  5. ^ a b Freeman, 46.

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