Jewelry maker Tonia Kim writes on her website that her designs juxtapose “a modern edge with the classics.” Her dream kitchen skews a little more towards the modern side, as Tonia noted that she likes “stark, white spaces, with neutral tones throughout.” There are classic pieces in this kitchen, although they are modern classics, like the George Nelson light fixture and Norman Cherner chairs. Tonia wasn’t tempted to go mad with modern though, as she was wary of having a kitchen that veered into the world of post-modern design (she said she didn’t want to come off like the recent Saturday Night Live skit about art collectors with a pretentious po-mo home).
With all that in mind, designer Susan Palmer created a kitchen that satisfied Tonia’s modern sensibilities while adding a dash of texture and plenty of functionality. Some of her design notes are below:
- Susan chose Pedini cabinets for Tonia’s kitchen. An Italian cabinet company, Pedini offers the modern European look that Tonia desired. Susan’s overall design concept was a “moderne” style, and these cabinets anchored this look for Tonia’s kitchen.
- To continue with the modern European theme, Susan chose appliances with Jenn-Air’s “European Stainless” finish.
- Susan provided Tonia with a flexible entertainment area, as the kitchen island features a slide-out table that allows for extra seating if needed. There’s also a workspace featuring a desk and Cherner chair, enabling Tonia to run her business in an area that doesn’t compromise the rest of the kitchen’s design.