Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks.
These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features.
Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted to the standard rules of a kitchen island.
The concept, initiated for an interior design project, allows the main islands to be complemented with additional accessories that create a tailored unit. They use counters in a different way, constructing various areas and inserts that address multiple functions. Made from materials like glass, terracotta and reclaimed woods, they can be used in more than just the kitchen, also.
From Studio Gorm the Flow Kitchen does just that. Considering how things work in a cooking preparation zone, it effectively moves one step to the next.
Though the design may appear simple at first, the layout is formed with utility in mind. There are areas for food storage, cooking, water, waste, composting and even growing food.
The system makes reusing a part of the flow, too. For instance, water from the dishes drips onto plants below. An onboard waste basin that holds peels and scraps gets a quick tip and moves into the built in composter, complete with worms. After the worms do their work to break down unused foods, the compost can be used for rich fertilizer.
The Ekokook by Faltazi is an elegant rendition of a work island that would give any kitchen an instant upgrade.
Incorporating storage and style, their version is a layered and multifunctional system. There are built in areas for waste, and like the Flow Kitchen, there is a compartment for a worm composting system.
Also, in addition to the regular recycling, water gets recycled too. Its water saving design reportedly conserves a significant amount of typical daily water use as compared to traditional sink areas.
Designs that are meant to work when needed, these kitchen islands are smart uses of space.
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