Although many kitchen remodel projects involve taking a small space and making it appear larger, in this Tenafly, NJ home, the opposite challenge was presented to Modiani’s designers. This kitchen measures 25 feet by 25 feet, making it a considerably large space for a kitchen. The challenge here was to create an ergonomically functional kitchen in what is a relatively oversized space.
The kitchen was designed to be divided into three functional sections. Because of the placement of doors and passageways, each area is independent of the other two areas. The three distinct areas in the kitchen are:
• An area for cooking
• A sink and refrigerator area
• A serving area
In the cooking area, a large island was created to be the dedicated cooking space. The island measures ten feet and takes up a considerable amount of space in the center of the room. Behind the island, two cooking ovens and one warming drawer by Miele creates a trio of ovens and helps to facilitate the horizontal proportions being created in the wall of pantries and appliances. These horizontal lines draw the eye because they are centered in front of the hood of the stove over the island, creating a focal point for that side of the room.
This kitchen was designed within a brand new house that has very traditional styling. The home is characterized by ten-foot ceilings and exceptional mill work. Typically in a home with a great deal of intricate molding and extensive mill work, a traditional design would be incorporated into the kitchen space. However, the client wanted a modern look for the kitchen. Although the kitchen design is very modern, the warmth of the Teak wood finish works to draw in the warmth of the otherwise traditional home.