Puttin’ on the Ritz with Poggenpohl

Dear Diva Readers,

Photo: Ritz Paris

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When The Ritz in Paris wanted to upgrade the kitchen in The Imperial Suite – the finest suite in their hotel- they were looking to outfit it with a kitchen whose name was as synonymous with luxury as their own.  With Poggenpohl, luxury met luxury in Paris. 

Photo: Poggenpohl

The Ritz Hotel was opened in 1898 by Swiss hotelier César Ritz.  Poggenpohl, a company known for its cutting-edge contemporary kitchen design, is actually a few years older than this grand Parisian institution, having been established in Germany in 1892.  Today Poggenpohl is the world’s most famous kitchen brand.  So famous that when the world’s most luxurious suite in the world’s most luxurious hotel in the world’s most luxurious city needed a kitchen revamp, the Ritz chose Poggenpohl knowing that with them they’d be able to keep their promise of giving their guests unsurpassed luxury in every conceivable respect. 

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Poggenpohl thought of every detail…  A particularly impressive feature of these luxury kitchens are the handle-less units with a precision system that automatically opens them in response to a nudge and closes them again after they are given a slight push. Doing away with handles emphasizes the furniture’s uncompromisingly purist look. 

This purist look pairs perfectly when juxtaposed against the elaborate suite.  The Poggenpohl “Porsche Design” kitchen is finished in driftwood to match the rest of the interior and the cabinets are a brushed pine that beautifully imitates its namesake. A black worktop in satin-finish glass provides an exciting contrast to the warm Driftwood and least you be wondering where Porsche comes into play, the innovative frame is a Porsche aluminum design forming the backbone of the kitchen, uniting the materials of wood and glass to create a sophisticated, practical design that’s purist in its look and absolutely perfect for the Paris Ritz Imperial Suite.  Apparently 2-star Michelin chef Michel Roth of the Ritz agrees… he looks right at home with his CHROMA Knife set in The Imperial Suite kitchen

Photo: CHROMA knives

With a suite this beautiful all that’s left to do is to relax in style and, perhaps, admire the view from The Imperial Suite overlooking the Place Vendôme


Photo: Ritz

Gros bisous de Paris!  (Big Kisses from Paris)
The Antiques Diva®
(seen below with Colin Fields, the famous bar tender at the Ritz’ Hemingway Bar with some of my all-time favorite clients at the end of a week-long Paris tour!)

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • My friend Norma from http://www.mybeautifulparis.com and I …went to Paris recently. We had the absolute pleasure of spending ONE night at the Ritz ….and it was BLISSFULLY AWESOME !!!
    There is a wonderful cashmere store near by, with two beautiful owners ( sisters) that made our trip extra special. Upper East Cashmere. I adore wearing their cashmere scarf. It was my big TREAT of the visit.
    A big hello !! and so happy to see that you are still having a grand ol time galavanting around Europe 🙂
    Lynne xx

  • I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying The Hemingway several times and have stayed in the Paris Ritz once. Sounds like I should put the Imperial Suite on my bucket list!
    ~ Gregory