11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous

Julie Carlson

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.

Joseph Dirand Paris Apartment/Remodelista
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Joseph Dirand Paris Apartment/Remodelista

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 a pair of office armchairs by Pierre Jeanneret from Galerie 54; photo by Adrien Dirand via Yatzer.

Rose Uniacke Kitchen Island/Remodelista
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Rose Uniacke Kitchen Island/Remodelista

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; photo by Henry Bourne via NY Times.

Modern minimal kitchen with long concrete countertop in modern apartment in Italy
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Modern minimal kitchen with long concrete countertop in modern apartment in Italy

Above: An oxidized-brass-clad kitchen island by Dimore Studio in Milan is lit from within via a fluorescent strip.

Rosy Strazzeri Fridman Kitchen/Remodelista
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Rosy Strazzeri Fridman Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: The SF kitchen of stylist Rosy Strazzeri Fridman.

Gisbert Poppler Kitchen/Remodelista
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Gisbert Poppler Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: In this kitchen in Germany, designer Gisbert Poppler repurposed an antique farmhouse wardrobe as a kitchen cabinet.

PIa Ulin Photographer Mirrored Kitchen Island/Remodelista
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PIa Ulin Photographer Mirrored Kitchen Island/Remodelista

Above: A Scandinavian kitchen with mirror-clad kitchen island; photo by Pia Walin.

Claessen Rune Brass Cube Kitchen/Remodelista
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Claessen Rune Brass Cube Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: Stockholm-based architects Claessen Koivisto Rune added a dash of glamour to a streamlined pure white kitchen via a brass cube table.

 

slarsky kitchen
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slarsky kitchen

Above: In a Boston brownstone kitchen, architects Katarina Edlund and Scott Slarsky (of designLAB Architects) paired marble-topped work stations with a Poul Henningsen artichoke lamp suspended from an ornate plaster medallion.

Concrete Kitchen Island Chandelier/Remodelista
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Concrete Kitchen Island Chandelier/Remodelista

Above: A Mediterranean kitchen with concrete island and chandelier via Nosy Parker.

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Julian-King-Architect-Chelsea-townhouse-white-high-ceiling-kitchen-recast moldings-white-island

Above: A minimalist kitchen in a Chelsea townhouse by Julian King of Julian King Architect, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.

Wohnhaus B Kitchen/Remodelista
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Wohnhaus B Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: A sleek white kitchen with chandelier by Steininger Wohnhaus.

For more inspiration, see Kitchen Islands and Tables on Wheels and 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Kitchen Island.