Poggenpohl is a German manufacturer specializing in kitchen cabinets. The facilities are located in Herford, Germany. Poggenpohl is known in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Poggenpohl Manufacturing GmbH
Industryfurniture manufacturer
HeadquartersHerford, Germany
Key people
Ralf Marohn (Managing Director)
Productskitchen cabinets


The Poggenpohl kitchen 1892

In 1892, Poggenpohl was established as a furniture company founded by Freidemir Poggenpohl. Poggenpohl was successful with introducing ergonomic work-top heights, and storage innovations aimed at improving the kitchen.[1] 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".[2] 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'.[1]

In 1950, Poggenpohl 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.[3] As the product line evolved, they replaced the traditional wooden knob handles of the cabinetry with inset "strip" laminate handles.[3]

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 for more than two decades under the auspices of dealer president Stephen Rabinowitz, in cooperation with Poggenpohl Chief Executive Walter Ludewig. 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.[1]

In December 2016 Swedish Nobia has come to an agreement with German Adcuram Group on the sale of Poggenpohl.[4] In 2020, the Jomoo Group took over Poggenpohl.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Poggenpohl Kitchens Home Accessed 2009-02-24
  2. ^ Freeman, Judith (2003). The Fitted Kitchen: A Piece of Twentieth-century English Cultural History. Berg Publishers. p. 42. ISBN 1-85973-699-8.
  3. ^ a b Freeman, 46.
  5. ^ "'Jomoo saved the Poggenpohl brand'". kbbreview. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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