Mod Wood Cabinetry and Beyond

Mod: modern, stylish, cutting-edge. A term–and design aesthetic–we’ve encountered with frequency across our offerings, including in our fine woodworking projects.

Floating, sliding, open, unembellished, clean grained–this custom entertainment center tucked into a modern city loft is all about mod.

Often the resulting creations have straight wood grain, right angles, clean lines, and low profile hardware. Fine woodworking has a great capacity to embrace mod details that go beyond these standards to include various materials, textures, and designs. Mod influence can stand on its own or in combination with traditional styles. Our team at NEWwoodworks enjoys testing their capabilities in kitchen cabinetry and more. It’s commonplace to find a project’s cabinetry needs are much greater than the kitchen alone. It takes many forms: built-ins, bookcases, buffets, entertainment centers, closet organization, vanities, and more.

A live edge wood top with inset slab doors below and open shelves against a dark backdrop above acts as buffet, breakfront, and display space.

A good collection of vanities our team has crafted push the mod edge. Here the integration of the rugged texture of reclaimed barn wood in a clean design style yielded a mod double vanity for a remodel project in New York.

And for a NYC apartment, clean grained teak, open shelving, and asymmetric details enhance the sleek feel of a floating double vanity.

The balance of shapes, light tones, and no knots were key to this new, fresh kitchen design in a city loft apartment remodel project.

The repeating squares, subtle hardware, and light wood tones with crisp grain lines bring tranquility to this loft kitchen.

Getting modern with solid wood and special finishes is an art best practiced often and honed over time, we’re told by our NEWwoodworks craftsmen. The below was completed earlier this year with a matte black finish that while both sleek and subtle, proved a bit of a challenge to our finishing guru, Hans. The very contemporary credenza has a surprise to share! Open a drawer or door to reveal a solid walnut interior, full of character and rich tones.

Then there are projects focused on being minimalist, but that still need to provide functionality. This small vanity offered our team an opportunity to get creative with a ‘hidden’ tilt out storage space and bright red interior accents to match the rest of the bath.

Sometimes, modern is all about materials and tone. Out in Portland, Oregon, an ADU offers kitchen space featuring cabinetry in Black & Tan, Black reclaimed Oak topped with concrete. Care was taken to maintain the original (environmentally and animal safe) black paint while an open-end allows for easy access to recycling and trash.

Portland OR ADU with Black & Tan, Black reclaimed oak from Pioneer Millworks. Photo by Loren Nelson.

Let the grain speak! A cerused oak (or limed oak)–a process which creates highlighted ‘whitewashed’ grain–island atop Walnut flooring dominates this bright lake home kitchen. In addition to the finish, details from book matching planks to molding edges to producing a bead-board-like pattern ruled the crafting of this piece.

Material tone and texture can play a large role in the mod (or not!) aesthetic of a piece.

Reclaimed exotic hardwood, Jarrah, celebrates character in grain and tone in a kitchen island/prep stand. While the wood showcases its character, the overall design of the modest piece combined with it’s angled orientation were part of an overall mod-meets-traditional aesthetic experienced throughout this home in the Catskills.

Whatever you’re looking to add to your home or project, our fine woodworkers can execute it. If you’d like to see more of their work, you can find a good bit hereLet us know what you’re dreaming of! 

Our fine woodworkers took a moment to pose in front of their CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) shop in Farmington, NY.