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Modern Kitchen in Upper East Side, NYC

Architect: Christopher Martorana / CM Designs NY

Designer: Gregory Hitchcock

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The signature features of this Upper East Side Manhattan apartment kitchen was also its biggest challenge: how do we create the functionality of table seating in an Italian modern luxury kitchen with a large island concept that typically only has back seating?

To achieve this, our Italian kitchen designers used a floating wood top table that has seating on both sides, allowing for two diners to sit across from two more. The wood top table is 2 1/2 inches thick and leans on the main functional work space portion of the island, creating more volume for the wood surface. By situating the seating area at the end of the kitchen island on a floating wood top table, the rest of the island remains accessible for work, meal preparation, and access to the ample storage that the island provides.

In this Italian designer kitchen, our designers used Cesar’s Maxima 2.2 kitchen model, which was combined with white lacquer on the cabinets, heat treated oak on the island and a Caesarstone frosty carina countertop. To the back of the kitchen, wall kitchen cabinets provide substantial storage, helping to fortify the minimalist, no-clutter design of the kitchen overall.

It may surprise many that this space is actually a converted galley kitchen. By incorporating a minimalistic design and the stunning island combo in the center of the room, it is completely opened up to a classic open floor concept. The ability for one to walk around the island is the result of the innovative open-architecture walls that visually diminish the presence of the walls, almost rendering them invisible. The flooring in this space is oak, which provides a third contrast to the white and heat treated oak of the other kitchen surfaces.

Photographer © Costas Picadas