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When innovation becomes part of our everyday lives, it can be hard sometimes to imagine how we ever lived without it.
The days when the cook was banished to the kitchen, cut off from the activity of family life have long gone as open-plan living has taken a firm hold.
Central to this more relaxed way of life are open kitchens with generous island benches flexible enough to suit a range of purposes from food preparation area, breakfast bar, homework zone and entertaining hub.
As these stations continue to evolve, display builders have responded with welldesigned islands and everything from extensive storage, integrated sinks and cooktops and deep benchtops ideal for family and guests to sit and interact with the cook.
Key to the success of the island bench is the kitchen’s growing evolution from work station to part of the living room furniture.
This is evident in the growing popularity of integrated dining tables and storage solutions available on both sides of the island.
There has also been an increasing emphasis on a range of finishes such as engineered stone, stainless steel and timber veneer which all need to be as hardworking and practical as they are beautiful.
Typically, these sophisticated cooking environments showcase a range of materials and an attention to detail with everything from ‘waterfall’ style benchtops to industry standard soft close drawers and sleek handles.
Island living is here to stay.
The design of this island bench by Sekisui is deceptively simple with its all-white stone benchtop. But don’t be fooled by appearances. It’s a seriously practical workstation with an integrated sink to ensure the cook is in on the action and a continuous benchtop for easy cleaning. Sometimes, it is possible to have both beauty and brains.