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September 2, 2013
"No man is an island," wrote poet John Donne, but in the case of kitchens an aptly placed island makes the room. "My favorite way to make a kitchen sculptural is on the island," says designer Laurie Haefele." There are a variety of ways such as changing the countertop heights and juxtaposing different materials as well. Also, by altering the depths of the perimeter cabinetry can add some interest and sculptural elements." As a follow-up to our 5 Cool Kitchen Islands post, we highlight five more.
Modern kitchen island.

Collector Jean-Christophe Aumas designed his kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais—the geometric floor tiles are from the same place—and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie. Photo by Christian Schaulin

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Originally appeared in A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris
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Modern kitchen.

In a renovated Italian villa, a sleek stainless-steel island contrasts the rustic materials. Photo by: Francesco Bolis

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Originally appeared in Modern Meets Ancient in a Renovated Italian Vacation Home
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Surat villa interior kitchen

A house in India features a limestone floor and a natural wood–clad island.

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Modern kitchen with marble countertop and pink dining chairs

In the kitchen of a Toronto live-work residence, the continuous kitchen worktop and table are made of marble from Caledonia Marble. The pink Tamatik dining chairs are by Connie Chisholm and are from the Canadian design shop Made. The Blinding Love pendant lights are by Periphere, which has shops in Montreal and Toronto. The iron rails were inspired both by screens the couple had seen on their travels in the Middle East and by the ornate wrought ironwork favored by their Portuguese neighbors. Barzel Ironworks fabricated the banister to Sawatzky’s design by slicing up iron pipe, welding it, and painting it. Photo by Naomi Finlay

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Originally appeared in Converting a Commercial Storefront to a Home (and Studio!)
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Modern dining room with wooden herringbone patterned ceiling

In a New Zealand house, 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 Andrew

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Originally appeared in Inside Addition
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Modern kitchen island.

Collector Jean-Christophe Aumas designed his kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais—the geometric floor tiles are from the same place—and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie. Photo by Christian Schaulin

Photo by Christian Schaulin.

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