7 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas

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  • Create Contrast with White

    The sleek island in this Shelton, Mindel & Assoc.–designed Hamptons kitchen is paired with Jean Prouvé barstools.
  • Photo: Andrew Twort
  • Mix Black and White

    The kitchen in this house near Tel Aviv, Israel—renovated by homeowner Joshua Kastiel and architect Alex Meitlis—features a Corian-topped, black-lacquered island.
  • Photo: Pieter Estersohn
  • Add Standout Stools

    The kitchen of a Martha’s Vineyard home designed by Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro features an island illuminated by minimalist pendant lights by Davide Groppi; the barstools are by Garza Marfa.
  • Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • Incorporate Appliances

    Design duo Dufner Heighes chose marble surfaces in this Manhattan penthouse kitchen, which complement Bulthaup cabinetry. The space is equipped with Miele wall ovens, a Gaggenau cooktop, Dornbracht sink fittings, and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator; the Suite NY stools are clad in a Holland & Sherry fabric.
  • Photo: Eric Piasecki
  • Pair with a Table

    The kitchen of a Bridgehampton, New York, home designed by Steven Gambrel has plenty of surfaces for prep, including an island and a Gambrel-designed table.
  • Photo: Pieter Estersohn
  • Keep Dishes Right at Hand

    In a 1930s Palm Beach house refreshed by designer Jacques Grange, Portuguese tiles pave the kitchen, and the island displays a collection of dishes. The vibrant range is by Officine Gullo.
  • Photo: Douglas Friedman
  • Match the Cabinetry

    Pops of metal from a Wolf range, Waterworks faucet, and vintage Poul Henningsen suspension lamps complement Imperial Danby marble and custom millwork in the kitchen of Charlotte Ronson and Nate Ruess, which was designed by Paul Fortune and Gachot Studios.
  • Photo: Richard Powers

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