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Friday, October 20, 2006

Poggenpohl's Rosemary Porto

Last night, Alicia and I went to DWR on Tremont St for a discussion with Rosemary Porto, the executive designer at the Poggenpohl Boston Showroom. Rosemary, an interior designer with over 20 years of experience, did a slide show that went through the history of Poggenpohl, the company that invented the modular kitchen, as well as kitchen trends over the past several years.

One kitchen she briefly touched upon is the one pictured above. Part of a full renovation of a 1400 square foot, two bedroom apartment in Boston, Rosemary and architect Stephen Tise came up with a table that ingeniously pulls out of the island to go from 2 to 5 person dining. She also designed a custom halogen light fixture around the hood. Along with all the wonderful custom work is beautiful Poggenphol cabinetry fronted with mirror and frosted glass. The flooring is bamboo. And the dining chairs are reupholstered Eames side chairs.

This kitchen was featured in a variety of publications, such as Designer Magazine, and was on HGTV's I Want That! Kitchens.

Rosemary Porto is a former President of the New England chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association. She mentioned she is starting her own design firm within a few weeks, so I'm not sure if she'll be with Poggenpohl for long. I gave her my email address, so I'll be sure to let you all know once I get the word that her website is up.

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