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Island Time

The center of the kitchen takes center stage.

In a kitchen overlooking Conscience Bay on Long Island, designer Melissa Fenigstein of New Age Interiors created a continent of an island for a family that needed a lot of space for healthy cooking, baking, and entertaining. The 10-foot- by-7-foot island includes a lift for a stand mixer and an indoor herb garden. Appliances by Sub-Zero and Thermador, and a backsplash by Artistic Tile complete the picture.

If the kitchen is the center of the home, than the kitchen island is its epicenter. Island time—once a call for tropical-colored drinks with tiny parasols, soft white sand, and turquoise water lapping at a chaise lounge—is reinterpreted for this moment in time. Consider the kitchen island: Part meal prep station, part work station, part family hub, a place to put aside the daily grind and take a coffee break, the kitchen island is the new office water cooler. It can also quickly become a repository for the daily detritus—keys, phone chargers, mail—all of the necessities of modern life eventually find their way here.

This standard design feature has evolved along with the technology and tools that make our kitchens more
accessible, more useful, and more beautiful. Flush countertop ranges, sliding cutting board surfaces, hidden controls and smooth cabinetry—even the most traditional styles fit the modern lifestyle. Our portfolio of inspiration includes everything from an uber-modern cantilevered centerpiece to a breakfast bar for a small urban space. No matter the floorplan, square footage, or design style, island time is on the menu.

Kitchen Islands - Middleby

The timeless style of La Cornue represents the ultimate je ne sais quois in kitchen design. The traditional designs are culinary-focused and elegant, becoming the focal point of the kitchen. Through Middleby Residential.

Kitchen Islands - Eggersmann

In a Houston high rise, Eggersmann created a luxurious kitchen finished in their elegant Acacia dark wood, with Spyglass work units in Dallas grey high gloss lacquer. With range and wall ovens by Gaggenau.

Kitchen Islands - Bauteam

Bauteam’s BT45 kitchens are furnished with a full set of sophisticated accessories, and are made of black oak and finished in matte black. Bauteam uses precise engineering and the finest European suppliers to create their high-tech, high-style kitchens.

Kitchen Islands - Gaggeneau

Designer Tony Ingrao created this Hudson Yards kitchen and dining area in a warm, neutral palette. An L-shaped marble dining counter is both functional and beautiful. He chose Gaggenau for the kitchen because the brand “represents the ultimate in well-crafted and innovative appliances. I appreciate how Gaggenau considers every detail, from the tonal variation in the product color to the brushed stainless steel refrigerator interiors. Gaggenau looks to the future in design.” Photography by Peter Murdock (Ingrao); Marco Ricca (Cohler Mason).

Kitchen Islands - Poliform

Phoenix by Poliform is defined by its pure lines and modern finishes. Every element fits together, creating a functional, bespoke kitchen experience. The steel surfaces are finished in Perla Grey, contrasting with the warmth of the walnut cabinetry.

Kitchen Islands - Jennifer Cohler Mason

In a Manhattan penthouse kitchen by Jennifer Cohler Mason, an island wasn’t feasible so the designer created a breakfast bar, which doubles as work from home space when needed, and comes with a bit of natural light from a sunny window. Integrated column refrigerator/freezer and M Series wall oven and microwave drawer, along with a Dual Fuel six-burner range from Sub-Zero/Wolf are workhorses that fit the smaller space.