For a lot of my clients, no kitchen design is complete without an island at its center. The island has become the icon of the modern kitchen—the 21st-century equivalent of the old-fashioned hearth. It’s easy to understand why…
First, islands work. Because they can be accessed from all sides like the old kitchen table, they’re ideal for a variety of kitchen tasks.
Second, these freestanding pieces instantly become the focal point of a kitchen because they can have the look and feel of furniture.
Third, today’s kitchens are not only open to other rooms but they also have to accommodate multiple cooks, kids doing homework, and even party guests. Like it or not, everybody ends up in the kitchen. A well-designed island offers a place for people to congregate while at the same time separating those who are cooking and cleaning from those who are just hanging out.