In times when white kitchens as a classic and black kitchens as a trend it almost seems to apply foolhardy to sign up for a Kitchen in yellow, green or rose to decide. But that is exactly what it does Popstahl kitchens unique: with theirs bright colors and the uniform Structure in steel set yourself apart from the kitchen market – and attract attention across Europe. (Photo: Jan Kulke)
This article was written on July 12, 2019 and updated according to the latest findings on July 13, 2021.
Popstahl kitchens: unconventional kitchens on an architectural basis
They are available in lemon yellow, raspberry red, olive green and sky blue: we’re not talking about creamy sorts of sausage, but tough steel kitchens – Popstahl kitchens. The Berlin company of the same name mixes them Aesthetically minded kitchen industry for several years now with simple but enormous durable metal kitchens and relies on intense colors, stringent structures and a Individuality coordinated down to the last detail for the kitchen customer.
The amazing thing about the fascination for Popstahl kitchens is not just theirs penetrating coloringthat definitely Courage to unconventional interior design requires. Rather, it is that Bundle of oppositeswith which the newcomers to the kitchen market assert themselves. Who like kitchen designs brightly colored be, but are nonetheless high quality designed. Who is behind the colorful designs young start-up suspected is wrong. In fact, there is a very adult trio behind Popstahl kitchens, consisting of two Berlin architects – Julieta Benito Sanz and Ralf Weissheimer – as well as one Communication experts, Johannes Greiner.
They design together for about 10 years Steel kitchens made to the customer provide a certain amount of possibilities and thus, in contrast to the competition, reduce the agony of choice. All fronts of all Popstahl kitchens in fully galvanized, powder-coated steel held. This is maximum scratch-resistant and durable: even after years of intensive use, according to the company website barely traces of usage to be recorded.
Easy to care for and durable: steel and paint are merged
That makes it possible specially developed processing procedure, in which the rich colored powder with the metal permanently fused at around 200 ° C becomes. This guarantees color fastness and protects against scratches and stains. On top of that is the colorful metal absolutely easy to care for and food safe. A consistent one enforced functionality So the Popstahl kitchens cannot be denied.
They become artistic – and above all individual – functional, modern steel cubeswhen it’s on their color design goes. This also clarifies the direction in which developers and customers of Popstahl are moving: the The kitchen is understood as a workshop, in the Material properties and functionality in the foreground stand. The offer is aimed more at the nihilistic Bauhaus supporter than the aesthetic home lover.
Popstahl kitchens: more than 200 colors from quince to kohlrabi
But who knows? A lot is possible with Popstahl kitchens. The customer can contact more than 200 colors realize. The company uses the RAL color system for this. At Popstahl, the desired tone is given a cheerful name: von Kohlrabi to tomato, of Quince to Swiss chard every front and every anodized, powder-coated metal handle comes with a uniform color steel layer overdrawn. However, the front and body do not necessarily have to look the same.
The ex works white inner pull-outs can also be chosen in color exciting opposites to create. The narrow one can also be Kitchen plinth Immerse in a different color, thus limiting the – sometimes spectacularly intense – shining shades of the body. Even if quite classic colors like White, gray and anthracite can be implemented in Popstahl kitchens, it takes a certain courage to choose this type of kitchen.
Popstahl kitchens: modular, functional, sustainable
Popstahl kitchens work attractive, appetizing and almost youthful and modern. And yet they are liable – possibly because of the reduced, puristic form or des simple material of steel because of – one Modularity that looks more like an urban loft and experimental kitchen than serious competition for the state’s premium kitchen manufacturers. This includes Popstahl kitchens anything but cheap: Depending on the equipment and presentation (from a single kitchenette to a full kitchen island), an individually manufactured steel kitchen costs around 30,000 euros.
High quality the metal kitchen rooms reach via a special filling of their steel fronts, the one rich sound generated and thus should be “audible”. In addition, can any worktop can be combined with the metal body. In cooperation with Wood, concrete, stainless steel or natural stone style and effect can be influenced impressively.
A plus point for young as well as experienced kitchen buyers is the recyclability of the product: Popstahl kitchens become produced according to ecological standards and are completely recyclable. Because of your resistant texture, but also the modular construction arrangement Popstahl kitchens can be moved and rebuilt more often than a conventional kitchen space. That comes from today’s thought Urbanity and flexibility far-reaching opposite – and is also more sustainable.
Pop steel and high-quality branded devices: QUOOKER, Bora and Fisher & Paykel
In order to consolidate its status in the kitchen and brand world, Popstahl se since 2021 with well-known brands of built-in appliances together. This is intended to show potential customers that choosing a brightly powdered steel kitchen and professional appliances for the kitchen are not mutually exclusive – on the contrary.
“The hobs from BORA are designed for easy installation, which is ideal for our work and changing the filter is very easy, ”says Ralf Weißheimer, architect and partner at Popstahl. Also the popular one Boiling water tap QUOOKER is used in Popstahl kitchens. The overlap is no coincidence: like the steel kitchens, the QUOOKER is an innovative product in the industry, which is currently in high demand and could boost the popularity of Popstahl.
Even American products will be offered to future Popstahl customers. The “CoolDrawer” refrigerator drawer from Fisher & Paykel are particularly in demand in modular, free-standing kitchens due to their non-standard size and can be planned flexibly.
Outlook: “Popstahl kitchens meets bulthaup” in the philosophy
By the way: as Model for unconditional functionality the Popstahl kitchens functioned no less than that German graphic designer Otto (Otl) Aicherwho is counted among the most important designers of the 20th century. Already in 1982 he praised the “Kitchen for cooking“, In which he recognized cooking as” part of the meal “and the kitchen became a”communicative meeting point“Recommended to expand. Aicher studied kitchen processes and the life of professional chefs for his findings. In the end it was clear: the island kitchen is the measure of all things; Frequently used cooking utensils should hang down – or at least stowed away in a clearly visible position integral part of the kitchen image become. The “Kitchen for Cooking” by Otl Aicher is above all the story of a kitchen that universal and yet individual is equipped, and Functionality above all represents.
This realization did not just emerge Pop steel made his own: in fact, Aicher’s research has made a significant contribution to the Development of the bulthaups premium kitchen models influenced. So you are in good company with them modern steel kitchens and storage space. To what extent the brightly colored modular kitchens German high-gloss kitchens can overtake the rank, remains to be seen.