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January 4, 2016
Freestanding and centrally-located, an island's design can make or break a kitchen. This five designs aren't afraid to be bold and eye-catching.
Modern dining room with wooden herringbone patterned ceiling

Restrained by local building code, architect Michael O’Sullivan forwent a flashy facade on this new Auckland, New Zealand, home, saving the fireworks for the interior. In the kitchen, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Architect Michael O’Sullivan, who designed the steel-and-glass kitchen cabinets, the table, and the pendant lights (made by Lava Glass), further amped up the richness of the room by specifying an onyx kitchen island. Interior designer Yvette Jay, a collaborator and classmate of O’Sullivan, kept her material palette “tight and limited. I had to restrict myself so that everything here ties in with the architecture.”

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Originally appeared in Inside Addition
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Modern kitchen with zinc pantry and salvaged wood flooring

Inspired by her natural surroundings, a Dutch felt artist intuitively crafted this home on a northern Holland harbor. “We like old stuff, and we like reusing the same materials over and over again,” says the resident, who built the kitchen pantry from the home’s old wooden flooring and zinc from their former countertop. Architect Paula Leen commissioned a local ironsmith to create the 11-foot-long kitchen island, as well as the staircase that connects her ground-floor workshop with the family’s living space upstairs.

 

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Originally appeared in Rural Home on a Holland Harbor
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Minimal Berlin kitchen with marble countertops

Bruzkus Batek Architects transformed this apartment in a classical building in Berlin into a streamlined space lined with rich materials. Nero Marquina black marble is used on the kitchen countertops; there are no visible door handles in the entire apartment—including the refrigerator.

 

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Jens Bösenberg
Originally appeared in Black Marble Runs Through This Refined Berlin Apartment
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The reflectivity of the brass kitchen island makes it seem to dematerialize.

In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home. The reflectivity of their brass kitchen island makes it seem to dematerialize.

 

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Originally appeared in The Great Compression
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Minimal kitchen with wood island

Designer Alejandro Capdevila of Isola System built this approximately 800-square-foot floating house in Wrocław, Poland. Its sparse interior lets the house's waterfront setting stand out. Stool_One seats by Konstantin Grcic pull up to a simple wood island.

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Alejandro Capdevila
Originally appeared in Minimal Floating House in Poland
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Modern dining room with wooden herringbone patterned ceiling

Restrained by local building code, architect Michael O’Sullivan forwent a flashy facade on this new Auckland, New Zealand, home, saving the fireworks for the interior. In the kitchen, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Architect Michael O’Sullivan, who designed the steel-and-glass kitchen cabinets, the table, and the pendant lights (made by Lava Glass), further amped up the richness of the room by specifying an onyx kitchen island. Interior designer Yvette Jay, a collaborator and classmate of O’Sullivan, kept her material palette “tight and limited. I had to restrict myself so that everything here ties in with the architecture.”

Photo by Emily Andrews.

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