design: irrational fear of handles

Our kitchen is full of drawers, thus a handsome grid of handles.  Even as we installed it, the trend in modern kitchen design moved on to eliminate the handles altogether, as if you open drawers in your alien autopsy lab using psi powers.

The P′7340 range from Poggenpohl Luxusküchen and Porsche Design is an example of this extreme, and you can see how non-functional it is. Before you open a drawer, you have to open another drawer that has the huge front panel.  And if you want to use that bottom drawer, there’s a tall panel blocking access.

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