Sunday, October 20, 2013

#BlogTourLA in the Kitchen

The Poggenpohl LA showroom hosted #BlogTourLA Oktoberfest style

One of our first nights in LA was hosted by three of the premier #BlogTourLA sponsors: Poggenpohl (custom kitchen cabinet solutions), Blanco (designer quality kitchen sinks and faucets) and Gaggenau (German engineered cooking appliances). We carry Blanco in the Designer Bath showroom, so I am quite familiar with their innovative product line. The other two I have also seen before, but learned a lot more about the history of these exceptional brands while enjoying authentic German-fare and a stein or two with my BlogTour pals in the very chic, just opened Poggenpohl LA showroom.  

A modern all white kitchen by Poggenpohl with backlit back splash.

Washing dishes in this extra large sink from Blanco would be a pleasure!

Poggenpohl kitchens are completely customizable. In their LA showroom, warm wood finish cabinet doors combined with stainless steel accents and glass wall panels creates a look that is predominantly modern with a hint of traditional. I’d call this clean look professional minimalist. 

Poggenpohl pull-out drawers provide accessible storage and ease of use

– photo courtesy Gaggeneau –

This induction cook top from Gaggenau will recognize a pan regardless of where it is placed. Induction ranges use a magnetic field to immediately transfer heat to a special cooking vessel designed to work with induction. It is an extremely energy efficient way to cook that also allows for precise control of temperature. Another bonus is that the cooking surface is cool to touch as soon as the special pan is removed, instead of it having to “cool down like a typical cook top. I love this safety feature, especially with children in the house (although almost all of mine are old enough – or at least tall enough – to prepare their own meals now!) 

– photo courtesy Gaggeneau –

The Vario cooling series from Gaggeneau offers modular units that may be combined countless ways to create a custom refrigeration wall. The spacious interiors are stainless steel, and these sleek units are noted for being the quietest in their class.

Blanco Silgranit sink in cinder (on my kitchen remodel wish list!)
with the matching Alta faucet // photo courtesy Blanco

Blanco products have won numerous awards for rethinking the kitchen sink. Their Silgranit finish comes in a wide range of appealing colors (biscotti, truffle, and metallic gray are just a few). The surface is extremely durable while being scratch, stain and heat resistant. Silgranit, which is composed of about 80% granite, is also inherently anti-bacterial. I love how the sink above looks like a modern version of a traditional slate or soapstone sink. I know it will fit in perfectly with my farmhouse kitchen remodel. #onmylist

Finally meeting Lori Dolnick of Blanco

Poggenpohl cabinetry is meant to feel furniture like, allowing them to function beautifully in open concept living spaces.

Part of our BlogTourLA group enjoying their Oktoberfest meals.

Thank you Poggenpohl, Gaggenau and Blanco for sharing your brand stories with us, for a delicious Germany-inspired dinner, and for sponsoring #BlogTourLA! 

Saying goodnight: bloggers Emily Anderson of Good with Style
with Los Angeles designer Christian May of Maison21

The following day, we got to see some of these quality brands on display at the WestEdge Design Fair, staged in the Barker hanger in Santa Monica. Gaggeneau had a number of chef-worthy cooking combinations set up for us to explore.

BlogTourLA capturing Emily posing with Gaggenau at WestEdge Design Fair

Gaggenau Vario cooktops at just 15 inches across each combine seamlessly

A Boston area Poggenpohl flashback ...
A couple of my favorite Poggenpohl finishes seen while attending
a design event at a local showroom that carries the line.

Our LA gathering captured by Blanco ...

Watch the BlogTourLA Oktoberfest video here!

Thank you Modenus and BlogTourLA sponsors!

More of what we saw while on
#BlogTourLA to come ...

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