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.