It’s ac­cess all ar­eas for easy liv­ing, ex­cel­lent en­ter­tain­ing and ca­sual cook­ing, writes

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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...

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