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Lux Group acquires German “Super Brand” Poggenpohl

Poggenpohl Möbelwerke, based in North Rhine-Westfalia, will be acquired by the British Company Lux Group Holdings Ltd in a partnership with a German Family Office -The Wolf Family. Lux Group whose portfolio brands include Smallbone, Mark Wilkinson and Brookmans, will acquire the oldest and best-known kitchen brand in the world as part of a transferable restructuring. The asset purchase will include the main manufacturing centre in Herford as well as the international subsidiaries. The Poggenpohl creditors committee has approved the acquisition. It is expected that the final contract will be signed by the end of this month. All of the parties involved have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

The provisional insolvency administrator Manuel Sack, partner at the German law firm Brinkmann & Partner, is delighted with the outcome of the M&A process: “With Lux Group, we have gained a strategic investor for Poggenpohl and thus secured the company’s site in Herford. We are convinced that Lux Group will further enhance the global appeal of the Poggenpohl brand. Ongoing negotiations related to personnel will be conducted with the works council during this time. The investor process was conducted by PwC with great commitment and professionalism.”

Poggenpohl CEO Gernot Mang, who will continue to lead the team, explains: “Our future plans are to further develop the luxury kitchen segment, expand categories and deliver a ‘Best of Class’ luxury experience. Our valued dealer network are expected to play a key role in the reinvigoration of the Poggenpohl super premium brand. In cooperation with the joint venture team we will reinvent the kitchen industry.” The Wolf Family Office with its Headquarters in Singapore will provide support as a financial investor and also act as the German Partner of Lux Group. RIB Software SE and Microsoft will be the strategic technology partners to deliver the most advanced disruptive cloud-based platform technology. The group is poised to digitally transform the 100 billion USD world wide kitchen industry as Tesla has done in the automotive industry.

The Poggenpohl management team are delighted with their new owners.

Details:
https://www.poggenpohl.com/en/press-media/press-releases/2020/june/the-lux-group-erwirbt-weltbekannte-kuchenmarke-poggenpohl-produktion-in-deutschland-gesichert/

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AIA Hong Kong “Hello Fellow” with Professor Nelson Chen @KI Cubus

AIA Hong Kong (A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects​) hosted their First Quarterly Meeting plus “Hello Fellow” event titled Professing Architecture by Professor Nelson Chen at our Gaggenau & Poggenpohl Showroom KI Cubus​ in Causeway Bay on 26 March 2019 .

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to acknowledge architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Fellowship recognises the achievements of the architect as an individual and honours the awardee on a national, or international, level. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows and encourages them to promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

Kitchen Infinity always support young designers and architects and this event was one of the FAIA Leadership Series. All AIA members enjoyed a great night at our venue, especially the specialities prepared by Gaggenau cooking appliances.

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Heritage Unveils. Kitchen Infinity Celebrates the Opening of KI Cubus – 15 June 2017

Heritage Unveils. Kitchen Infinity Celebrates the Opening of KI Cubus

With Germany’s Kitchen Technology Pioneers Gaggenau and Poggenpohl

15th June 2017, Hong Kong – Luxury kitchen cabinets and kitchen appliance trendsetter, Kitchen Infinity, proudly announces the opening of KI Cubus, a new showroomin the prestigious location in Causeway Bay.

The showroom highlights two phenomenal brands in luxury kitchen technology, Gaggenau and Poggenpohl. Celebrated for their heritage and innovation, Gaggenau and Poggenpohl are household legends both in their homeland, Germany, and the rest of the world.

HendrikKrezter, Regional Executive Vice President of BSH Home Appliances Asia Pacific and Denise Tan, Managing Director of Gagenau Asia and Christian Garke, CFO of Poggenpohl joined hands with Sandra Wong, CEO of Kitchen Infinity to celebrate the opening on 15thJune, 2017.

A remarkable occasion where ‘Heritage Unveils’

While technology shapes the future of luxury cooking, it is only when we learn to appreciate traditional methods and craftsmanship; we can relish the true art of cooking. As an influential industry leader in Asia, Kitchen Infinity creates this new showroom that demonstrates the latest kitchen technology, without leaving behind the heritage of craftsmanship and innovation. And this remarkable opening ceremony, with ‘Heritage Unveils’ as the theme, marks the starting point of this inspiring voyage through the avant-garde of cooking.

The opening ceremony took guests and our media friends to the Black Forest in Germany, where Gaggenau – a hammer mill back then – embarked on a revolutionising journey in 1683. “The decoration of the venue brings back the memories of our heritage back in the Black Forest,” says Mr. HendrikKretzer, Regional Executive Vice President of BSH Home Appliances Asia Pacific. “It is an atmospheric symbol of our dedication to revolutionise domestic kitchens over 333 years.”

Bursts of loud applauses came as the opening ceremony reached its grand moment – the cake cutting ceremony. Kitchen Infinity thoughtfully prepared a Black Forest Cake to give its guests ‘a real taste’ of the origin of Gaggenau.

Amidst lush green landscape, a German nail forger – for this first time away from his hometown – demonstrated traditional nail forging techniques, as an emblematic performance to convey Gaggenau over 333 years of heritage.Today, a carpenter from Poggenpohlwas also present for an exclusive wood polishing demonstration, which symbolises the pursuit of craftsmanship and perfection of Poggenpohl, a legendary best- known kitchen brand founded 125 years ago.

KI Cubus, where a heritage-meets-innovation kitchen experience unfolds

For customers to relish the true art of cooking, KI Cubus, over 3000 sqfts showroom prestigiously located in the heart of Causeway Bay, leads tastemakers into a journey to explore heritage and innovation of the luxury kitchen appliances.

At KI Cubus, customers have the opportunity to admire Gaggenau’s state-of-the-art designs, including the iconic ovens 400 series such as multi-functional combi-steam ovensand vacuum drawers exclusively developed for sous-vide cooking.

Customers will also find themselves amazed within the thoughtful, cutting-edge space by Poggenpohl+STAGE, +ARTESIO, + SEGMENTOa series of customisable units fully equipped to suit personal habits, preferences and interests.

“Poggenpohl has shared the same passion and synergy with Kitchen Infinity for over three decades. We are more than happy to see the opening of KI Cubus in Causeway Bay,” says Dr. Ulf Lange, founder of ADCURAM Group AG. “To us, this is not merely a place to showcase our products; it is where we share our expertise and design philosophy with our customers.”

“It’s been an amazing journey since Kitchen Infinity founded in 1986. The collaboration withGaggenau and Poggenpohl enabled us to offer luxury kitchen solutions for families to maintain theirhigh standard living. We are delighted to see the launch of our second showroom in Hong Kong and I am looking forward to a bright future ahead.” Says Sandra Wong, CEO of Kitchen Infinity.

Star chefs united for a culinary exchange

The opening ceremony was also honoured with the presence of celebrity chefs in Asia, who shared their professional know-how with the guests and media friends.

To inspire our guests and media friends to be creative with the pioneering products available at KI Cubus, Mr. Ryan Clift, Culinary Ambassador of Gaggenau and co-founder of Tippling Club in Singapore– Top 20 Restaurants in Asia, presentedhis latest creation of 5 kinds of canapé and demonstrated  usingGaggenau 400 vacuum drawer and combi-steam oven.

Clift was also joined by top-notch Master Chefs and Mixologist from Hong Kong, who partake in Gaggenau Culinary Aritisan namely Vicky Cheng fromVEA restaurant & Lounge, Mok Kit Keung from Shang Palace(Kowloon Shangri-La HK), Lau Yiu Fai from Yan TohHeen (InterContinental HK), Tam Kwok Fung fromJade Dragon and Pearl Dragon(Melco Resorts & Entertainment), and Jay Khan from Rémy Cointreau.

A total of ten master chefs and mixologist, other than aforementioned five, the remaining five talented and award-winning chefs in Hong Kong’s fine culinary industry including RichardEkkebus from Landmark Mandarin Oriental HK, Michael Pretet from Amber HK, Ip Chi Cheung from Summer Palace( Island Shangri-La) and May Chow from Little Bao, Marike Van Beurden from Marike van Beurden Consulting Ltdare invited by Gaggenau to host its recently-launched ‘Culinary Artisan Masterclass’, a series of exclusive culinary classes for discerning home cooks. The schedule of the Masterclass will be announced periodically in the Facebook page of Gaggenau Hong Kong, Tasting Kitchen Magazine and Ming Pao Weekly.

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The Morgan Press Conference, introducing “The Morgan Kitchen” by Gaggenau and Poggenpohl

Date: June 7 2016
Venue: The Morgan Sales Gallery, Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay

Kitchen Infinity is honoured to partner with Phoenix Property Investors in their latest project – The Morgan, 31 Conduit Road, Mid-levels; by introducing “The Morgan Kitchen”, a luxurious kitchen filled with all of Gaggenau’s and Poggenpohl’s state-of-the-art kitchen cabinets and appliances.
Attending the Press Conference were Mrs. Sandra Wong – CEO of Kitchen Infinity Holdings Ltd., Ms. Khim Goh – Regional Director, Assets Management and Ms. Jenny Cheung – Assistant VP, Assets Management of Pheonix Property Investors.

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Longines Hong Kong Masters 2013

Date: February 28th 2013- March 2nd 2013
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo

Poggenpohl and Gaggenau took pride in the sponsorship for Longines Hong Kong Masters 2013.

The Longines Hong Kong Masters 2013, the Asian leg of the Grand Slam (Paris, Hong Kong, New York) is the first international show jumping event and the only five-star accredited competition on the equestrian calendar taking place in Asia, where 25 best riders worldwide compete for a prize of US$1,000,000. Joining hands with only best of the best, including Longines, Gucci, EADS Airbus, Ferrari, Leica, Veuve Clicquot, and many more, the Longines Hong Kong Masters has become a superstar in the sports and social scene of 2013!

Gaggenau set up four pop-up kitchens, over 20 metres long in total, at the Prestige Village on site and invited four highly acclaimed restaurants, Institut Paul Bocuse (by ‘Chef of the Century’ Mr. Paul Bocuse), Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialist, a Michelin one star restaurant, Loyal Dining Restaurant and Shanghai Lo Restaurant for an utmost authentic gourmet experience. Guests were indulged in a palate delight while enjoying the magnificent equestrian competitions and shows.

Prix Poggenpohl, one of the competitions of the unrivaled grand slam, started with an equestrian programme specially developed for Poggenpohl. After enjoying a hearty breakfast by Yves Mattagne, a Two-Star Michelin chef from Belgium with their parents, around 40 children were taken for some incomparable experience, where they learnt about the sport, talked to elite riders and diligent grooms and walked on the first class equestrian competition arena.

The programme was wrapped up with Prix Poggenpohl, a seamless collaboration of the Longines Hong Kong Masters and Poggenpohl, both epitomizing perfect technical excellence and utmost attention to details. The collision created some exciting chemistry and pushed the event to a new high.

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Lamborghini Breakfast

Date: January 27th 2013
Venue: The House of Poggenpohl & the House of Gaggenau

Poggenpohl and Gaggenau went “beyond wild” when 30 Lamborghini super sports cars parked in front of their flagship store in Causeway Bay, blocking the whole street.

The gathering was to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Lamborghini Club Hong Kong and preview the latest model of the most reputable Gallardo family, the Gallardo LP560-4.

The House of Poggenpohl and the House of Gaggenau were the destination of an exciting parade of 30 Lamborghinis from West Kowloon Cultural District, led by the New Gallardo LP560-4.

Gaggenau, the European culinary art advocate, hosted a hearty breakfast, where the car owners shared the stories of their beloved Lamborghini with gastronomic enjoyment.

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BODW

Date: December 6th-8th 2012
Venue: the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

2012 marks the 120th anniversary of Poggenpohl, making it the world’s oldest kitchen brand. Riding on the precious opportunity, we are much honored to present six priceless treasures from Poggenpohl museum in the headquarters Herford to Hong Kong.

The exhibition was part of the Business of Design Week 2012 (BODW), the 10th edition of this inspiring ideas exchange platform for Asia’s industry leaders and professionals. Serving as the finale of 2012 Hong Kong Design Year, BODW has become a must-attend grand ceremony in the design world and a perfect occasion for the Poggenpohl 120th anniversary exhibition.

It is the first time these historical pieces have left Herford and been exhibited overseas. From the “Ideal Kitchen” in 1923 to the “Poggenpohl Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340” in 2007, these collections are not only the iconic designs of Poggenpohl through its 120-year history, representing our heritage and legacy, but also the most revolutionary and sophisticated kitchens at their respective times. Moreover, they are the best evidence of how Poggenpohl has been innovating and reforming kitchen industry through the century.

Lars Völkel, the Managing Director of Poggenpohl, was also invited as a key note speaker on the stream of “Brands & Design” at BODW, where he held a seminar on the topic of “Poggenpohl: 120 years of kitchen (r)evolution”.

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