Is "kitchen island" the least sexy term in home design? Even "kitchen table" is better (remember that scene in The Postman Always Rings Twice?). Here's a roundup of 11 rooms with style to spare.
Above: An apartment in St. Germain des Pres, Paris, designed by Joseph Dirand features a pair of bronze Fingi suspension lights by Eric Schmitt and office armchairs by Pierre Jeanneret from Galerie 54. Learn more in Trend Alert: Pierre Jeanneret's Modern Classic Caned Teak Chair. Photograph by Adrien Dirand via Yatzer.
Above: London designer Rose Uniacke's simple but luxurious kitchen is located in her restored 19th-century Georgian revival house. For similar pendant lights, consider the Dodecahedron Pendant Lanterns by Adolf Loos, available through Rose Uniacke. Photograph by Henry Bourne via the New York Times.
Above: An oxidized brass-clad kitchen island by Dimore Studio in Milan is lit from within by a fluorescent strip.
Above: The San Francisco kitchen of stylist Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman.
Above: In this kitchen in Germany, designer Gisbert Poppler repurposed an antique farmhouse wardrobe as a kitchen cabinet.
Above: A Scandinavian kitchen with a mirror-clad island. Photograph by Pia Ulin.
Above: Stockholm architects Claessen Koivisto Rune added a dash of glamour to a streamlined, pure-white kitchen via a brass cube table.
Above: In a Boston brownstone kitchen, architects Katarina Edlund and Scott Slarsky of designLAB Architects paired marble-topped workstations with a Poul Henningsen artichoke lamp suspended from an ornate plaster medallion. (Like the light? See High/Low: The Iconic Artichoke Lamp.)
Above: A Mediterranean kitchen with concrete island and chandelier via Nosy Parker.
Above: A sleek white kitchen with a chandelier by Steininger Wohnhaus.
For more inspiration, go to our Kitchen Island posts and see:
- 11 Great Italian Kitchen Designs
- 10 Stellar Scandinavian Kitchens
- 12 Favorite Kitchens in the UK
- The White Album: 13 Favorite US Kitchens
N.B.: This post is an update. The original ran on March 10, 2014, as part of our Kitchen Composition issue.