Is­land Life

Singapore Tatler Homes - - KITCHEN -

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the is­land unit is where much of it hap­pens. With th­ese stand­alone coun­ters be­com­ing a sta­ple in mod­ern kitchen set-ups, kitchen sys­tem de­vel­op­ers are rolling out new is­land ideas and in­spi­ra­tions for deck­ing out your dream kitchen

From Jamie Oliver to Curtis Stone, tele­vi­sion chefs and their cooking shows have suc­cess­fully in­spired novice cooks to ex­per­i­ment and add dishes to their reper­toire. Cooking shows have also in­spired many home­own­ers to have kitchen is­lands, and this trend looks set to stay. While it may be used as ad­di­tional space for food prep, the kitchen is­land serves many func­tions. It’s where peo­ple gather for drinks or quick meals. Con­ver­sa­tions are made over soup sim­mer­ing over the stove and dishes be­ing washed. There­fore, brands are of­fer­ing an ex­cit­ing suite of fea­tures with new kitchen col­lec­tions, where the kitchen is­land can be souped up to do other things and look bet­ter than they did be­fore. Take a look at the lat­est is­land units and how they serve as a mul­ti­func­tion hub of the home.


Poggen­pohl’s +Modo is­land boasts pull-out trays nes­tled be­tween the work­top and the base unit. This ef­fec­tively re­duces the block­ish look com­mon with kitchen is­lands while, at the same time, ful­fill­ing stor­age func­tion. The con­tents, be it a prized tea set or sleek metal­lic table­ware, be­comes part of the in­te­rior dé­cor. At one side, the 13 cm-thick kitchen work­top extends be­yond the base to func­tion as a com­pact break­fast space. Cus­tom con­fig­u­ra­tions are pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing stor­age com­part­ments and a smaller work­top set atop a broader base.


Slide by Armani/dada takes a wholly fresh look at con­ven­tional kitchen is­land de­sign. Here, the mar­ble top slides, re­veal­ing a heavy-duty stain­less steel work­top and a hob. When not in use, the func­tional el­e­ments of the kitchen can be hid­den be­neath the work­top. This de­sign idea al­lows the kitchen is­land to mul­ti­task as a place for meals when needed. When not re­quired, the is­land unit be­comes one stream­lined piece that won’t get in the way of move­ment in the kitchen. Sim­i­larly, the wall unit fea­tures ver­ti­cal slid­ing pan­els that keep things like the oven out of sight, so the space ex­udes the un­der­stated el­e­gance one has come to ex­pect of Gior­gio Armani’s work.

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