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If, like us, you believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home, then a kitchen island is surely the heartbeat itself: hopefully calm and collected, occasionally quick-paced, but always centred. It is no wonder that they are becoming an integral part of any luxury, bespoke, tailor made kitchen.
The kitchen island itself conjures up imagery of quality family time being spent together. From bustling around a busy breakfast before the day begins, to dialogue and discourse over dinner, to enjoying a relaxing end to the evening, a kitchen island unmistakeably makes your kitchen your own.
But this was not always the case. The Victorian era saw kitchens located to the rear of, or even underneath, the house. The kitchen islands themselves were used as a central focal point and a working area for maids and service staff to quickly organise food and drink and to keep the clattering of cutlery and crockery away from the diners. There was very little in the way of luxury or designer aspects to these kitchens.
However, the twentieth century brought some significant changes to the kitchen and to the island in particular as cooking and living spaces began to evolve and overlap each other. As a result, the kitchen became an inviting place for the whole family, instead of just the service staff, with the kitchen island becoming a centre for congregation and gathering together, rather than exclusively an area for food preparation.
As each family is individual though, the possibility of crafting bespoke, kitchens increased with needs and requirements differing from family to family and from kitchen to kitchen. Such handmade luxury kitchens are a speciality of Broadway Kitchens.
An S-shaped island incorporating two sinks and a seating area for up to four people. This modern curved kitchen island features smooth, clean lines and a high-gloss finish which emphasises cleanliness with a double wash basin conveniently situated away from the appliances. The seating area at the end of the island provides the perfect space for catching up over a coffee, settling down with a book after a long day or as a relaxing breakfast bar.
An example of a peninsula in-frame slab style kitchen island. The integrated hob on top of this Edwardian, hand painted shaker kitchen is practical and spacious for both service and for storage. With additional appliances well within arm’s reach, this style of island gives you the space to serve up without minimising your room to manoeuvre. This slab in-frame design keeps it simple in its elegant lines whilst still allowing for luxury, straddling both traditional and modern styles of kitchens.
An in-frame shaker kitchen showing a cranberry painted island with a curved centre. Making the decision to plumb a sink or wash basin into your luxury kitchen island gives family and friends plenty of space for both food preparation and socialising. This soft grey and cranberry hand painted finish adds warmth and homeliness to your bespoke Edwardian shaker kitchen alongside a surprising amount of storage.
An example of an s-shaped island demonstrating domino hobs. For a truly individual bespoke kitchen, this modern Metris designer kitchen perfectly complements the ‘ebb and flow’ of your kitchen. This curved island eases movement throughout the kitchen and leads you through the kitchen and towards the dining table. With an emphasis on preparation and service through integrated domino hobs, this slick wave-like high-gloss design permits space where it is needed most and curves towards the easy-to-reach appliances where required.
This ornate kitchen island is the epitome of opulence. The intricate detailing transforms this luxury addition into a stand-out feature and is finished with ample storage and plenty of surface space which is perfect for food preparation or display. And what could be more bespoke than your own personalised lettering.
Knightsbridge kitchen island, on two levels, complete with concealed deep fat fryer and hobs
Clean slab surfaces make this luxury u-shaped kitchen island a dream for any chef with an ounce of showmanship. With the cook at the centre of the action, these curved island and clean lines are reminiscent of Japanese kitchens where you might expect to find Hibachi or Teppanyaki and a variety of cooktops and plates give a choice of cooking methods. The lack of corners and high-gloss finish make for a kitchen that’s guaranteed to stay beautiful.
Give us a call if you would like more information about Broadway bespoke kitchen islands. Ask about our free design consultation.