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5 Cool Kitchen Islands

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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.
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  The kitchen of Jan Moolsintong and Peter Russell-Clarke’s house in San Francisco features an island wrapped in white Carrara marble.Photo by Ian Allen  Photo by: Ian Allen

    The kitchen of Jan Moolsintong and Peter Russell-Clarke’s house in San Francisco features an island wrapped in white Carrara marble.

    Photo by Ian Allen

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  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.Photo by Céline Clanet  Photo by: Céline Clanet

    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.

    Photo by Céline Clanet

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  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.”Photo by Gregg Segal  Photo by: Gregg Segal

    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.”

    Photo by Gregg Segal

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  For this mid-century modern home in Lakewood, Washington, the kitchen, dining, and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed “the mother of all islands” by the residents.

    For this mid-century modern home in Lakewood, Washington, the kitchen, dining, and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed “the mother of all islands” by the residents.

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  The renovation on Jerome and Jamie Pelayo’s house in Echo Park in Los Angeles was driven by a very tight budget—hence the island made of plywood.

    The renovation on Jerome and Jamie Pelayo’s house in Echo Park in Los Angeles was driven by a very tight budget—hence the island made of plywood.

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