Kitchen islands are, by nature, fantastically functional specimens. They store stuff, they provide additional countertop workspace, they hold baskets and the inherent oddly shaped items necessitated by cooking. They are powerful workhorses of a kitchen, often making the “actual” kitchen (meaning the cupboards and drawers and appliances around the perimeter of the space) fade into the background.
It’s no secret that kitchen islands work hard. But they can work hard and look stylishly at home while doing it. Here are ten fantastic islands, enormous to postage-stamp-small, rustic to contemporary, that prove the beauty of a well-designed functional piece.