• KITCHEN CABINETS: Cesar Maxima 2.2 modern kitchen model
  • CABINET FINISH: Teak wood veneer kitchen finish

While many of our 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 kitchen designers. This modern Cesar kitchen measures 25 feet by 25 feet, making it a considerably large space for a kitchen with plenty of room for creativity and unique kitchen design elements.

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The positive challenge with this modern kitchen project 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 interior spaces. 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 modern kitchen island was created and installed to be the dedicated cooking space within the kitchen. The modern kitchen island measures ten feet and takes up a considerable amount of space in the center of the room. Behind the kitchen 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 kitchen appliances. These horizontal lines draw the eye because they are centered in front of the hood of the stove over the kitchen island, creating a focal point for that side of the room.

This modern kitchen was designed within a brand new house in the upscale NJ neighborhood of Tenafly, that has very traditional styling. The home is characterized by ten-foot high ceilings and exceptional mill work throughout the interiors. Typically in a home with a great deal of intricate molding and extensive mill work, a traditional design would usually be incorporated into the kitchen space. However, the client wanted a modern look for the kitchen, which reflects their personal style and preference. Even though the kitchen design is very modern, the warmth of the Teak wood kitchen cabinet finish works to draw in the warmth, yet offering very minimalistic, elegant and simple design and lines, of the otherwise traditional home.

Photographer © Wing Wong, Memories TTL


“We just completed our kitchen renovation and
the outcome is absolutely stunning!”

Dmitri B. - August 2019