It’s a luxury kitchen for the male of the species and it comes at a handsome price. Designed by Porsche (yes, the same guys who make the sports car) and launched by German kitchen brand Poggenpohl, the Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340 comes with a price tag starting at Rs1 crore.
The highlight of the kitchen are the gadgets, which include functional LED lights, touch-enabled induction stoves and even built-in appliances such as a plug-and-play LCD TV, a sound system and a coffeemaker.
The clincher in this sleek kitchen with angular edges and rectangular panels is the wood veneer front cabinet surface that has no handles. All doors work on a mechanical touch-latch method (you touch the door and it opens) and that we believe is what will interest most men.
Minimalist:Though it is designed for men, simple accessorizing can make these macho kitchens appealing to women.
Chennai-based interior designer and architect Vikram Phadke points out that while the Porsche brand is a force by itself, its kitchen is truly well-planned and has a masculine feel with emphasis on gadgetry, positioning and task lighting. “For the well-read Indian, these aspects will certainly count. Others might not look beyond the brand,” says Phadke, adding that the kitchen is also ergonomically sound and comes with the option of changeable working height and dimensions.
“It is a masculine kitchen created with the male in mind. One cannot say that it will not appeal to feminine sensibilities in its present form. If the kitchen is to be made softer and feminine, simple accessorizing... will do the trick,” he says.
While well-adapted for Western cooking, we can’t be sure if a feature like the glass-top induction stove (the sales person insisted it’s catching on) is suitable for Indian cooking. Plus you might not want your domestic help handling the touch-enabled drain blocker or the sensor-enabled water faucet in the sink. But Phadke argues that most expensive homes today have two kitchens—one for the staff and one for the homeowner. In short, do your own dishes if you own the Porsche.
But there are some superbly sturdy features in the design that might impress even an experienced cook. The satin-finished glass worktops are tough and scratch proof so you can dice, roll out rotis or even knead dough on it. Intuitively, the LCD TV is positioned behind an additional glass surface, just in case splattering is a part of your cooking practice. Like all things that come with strong branding, the Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340 does not appreciate too much personalization.
You can change the dimensions for comfort, get more storage space or a larger TV, but you cannot change anything that will change the aesthetics of the design. “Why would you want to mess with what the experts have designed,” they ask.
If you want to take a tour of the Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340, make an appointment at the Poggenpohl showroom in Bangalore. Call 080-25504444 for details.