A delicious slab of white Carrara marble, a couple of planks of plywood, and 20,000 Legos: These are among the inventive materials used for some of our favorite kitchen islands from the pages of Dwell.
The kitchen of Jan Moolsintong and Peter Russell-Clarke’s house in San Francisco features an island wrapped in white Carrara marble.
The idea for Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti’s Lego kitchen in Paris sprouted five years ago, when Pillard put 500 blocks and a day’s worth of work into building a Lego-legged chair. The designing duo—who create products together under the name Munchausen—recently gave the seat a colorful companion. They covered their kitchen island—a simple wooden block—with 20,000 Lego pieces.
In John Picard’s home in Manhattan Beach, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Picard says with the obvious pride of a satisfied customer, “is an amazing piece of engineering.”