Today, we’ve chosen five kitchen interiors featuring kitchen islands that are both practical and sociable.
Kitchen islands are freestanding counter-height units that are usually rectangular in shape and offer additional storage and preparation space.
They work particularly well in open-plan spaces, providing a clear line of sight between the kitchen and dining areas and offering a place where people can gather.
Here are five architecture and interior projects that feature kitchen islands including one utilising a repurposed carpenter’s bench.
Casa Aguantao, Chile, by Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados
Santiago studio Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados used pale pine for this linear kitchen, with the multi-functional island drawing the eye down the length of the narrow, glazed dwelling towards the living area and terrace beyond.
The kitchen island features a large stainless steel sink and a hob at one end, with the other end serving as a dining table. The far end of the island incorporates a wood-burning stove that faces the lounge.
White Rabbit House, UK, by Gundry & Ducker
For the revamp of a 1970s house in London, British architecture studio Gundry & Ducker added this kitchen island painted a striking shade of absinthe green.
The countertop, which features a large cantilever on one side to create a breakfast bar, is made of dark terrazzo set with white stone chips. With full-height storage behind it, the island faces a generous-sized room with two glazed double doors that open onto the garden.
Rylett House, UK, by Studio 30 Architects
Studio 30 Architects repurposed an old carpenter’s workbench into a quirky island for this Victorian home renovation project.
The vintage wooden bench contrasts with the contemporary white kitchen units that line two walls. It serves as a sculptural bar that links the food-preparing area to the dining area on the other side of the spacious garden-facing room.
Suspended white Aim lights by the Bouroullecs hang above the island.
Glyn House, UK, by Yellow Cloud Studio
Striking black terrazzo surface with large, colourful aggregate clads all but one side of this minimalist kitchen island designed by Yellow Cloud Studio for a home extension project.
A double layer of oak drawers with bronze pull-tab handles sits below the kitchen-facing side of the counter, which has a flush hob. The other side of the island overhangs to create a narrow breakfast bar, beyond which is a dining table with bench seating set against an exposed brick wall.
Hass House, USA, by Feuerstein Quagliara
Architecture firm Feuerstein Quagliara designed not one but two parallel islands for the open-plan kitchen, dining area and living room in this house in rural New York state.
Set at ninety degrees to the full-height storage along one wall, the islands’ bases are made of the same plywood as the cupboards and are topped by slabs of polished concrete.
One island is inset with a deep sink and an induction hob and features a breakfast-bar niche for two adjustable-height Camp Stools by Chicago designer Greta de Parry.