kitchen island with cooktop and breakfast bar
Photo: Michael Jensen

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Today's kitchen is the hub of the home, where families and friends gather to cook, eat, entertain, and share daily life. More and more kitchen designers are creating layouts that encourage comfortable interaction. The kitchen island is the perfect place to balance congregation and separation, ensuring that hosts can cook and clean while they socialize with their guests.

"Why would you want to prep food with a wall or a cabinet door a few inches from your nose, or eyes for that matter?" says Johnny Grey, renowned kitchen designer. "An island that faces into the center of the room is the place for prepping and cooking. Sociability is not possible without eye contact."
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