Creating a kitchen Island

Posted by Nick Sunderland | 6th November 2015

Kitchen Islands

My recent talks at Grand Designs Live at the NEC and CPD seminars for construction week focused on Kitchen design and its integration into the living space. Part of this was to show the transition of the room divider into the now obligatory Kitchen Island. In general terms, they are cupboards and drawers with a worktop central to the kitchen space to cook and prepare. Some have sinks, some hobs, some just a work surface depending on the space and design overall.  Whilst the size can be dramatic they are often square or rectangular in shape, but they need not be.

Kitchen designers and more specifically companies can design any shape unit at a price. Recent advancement in materials have opened up a wealth of design possibilities and even small islands can be dramatic, and even retro fit.

This kitchen design in Kensington has a large wave kitchen, bespoke and designed within the original brief. Each unit flows with the shape bending and forming across the room. It attracts a lot of attention, but not a lot of budgets can stretch that far.

The small island in the new kitchen in Essex could only be used as a preparation area, but the worktop was rounded to soften the standard shape of the base units and still allowed for a breakfast bar. Led lights added to its unique look, the colours complemented by the rich green leather bar stools. The base units and worktop were standard and merely cut to shape, but altogether a softer more dramatic budget finish that looks expensive.


The third kitchen required more work surface and I didn’t want a simple rectangular room divider island. I took the shape from the Sofas and designed a small 2m wave island using standard base units but wrapped in Hi Macs resin stone to match the shape of the sofa. The images show how this was shaped by a template and the stone shaped off site and formed around the units. A recycled glass crackled worktop following the base with a single Led strip dividing preparation from bar added colour and quirkiness to the design.

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Led lights around the base backed against a mirrored plinth created floating effect. This was not a cheap design but where you want drama, uniqueness, and a design that’s perfectly yours, we can do that for you.