Who ever said the kitchen is just for cooking? Not only is it important for wining and dining your guests, it acts as a space where everyone can gather to hear about your day as a family, which is why having extra counter space is so important. It doesn’t have to be the sole purpose of having an island in your kitchen, but provides more room for socializing and storage. Beautifully designed and multi-functional islands can completely upgrade the design of the kitchen, adding an extra touch to the room and more value to a home when purchasing.
Star Parisian architect and interior designer Sebastien Segers who is known for his work with clients such as Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior and his 20+ year collaboration with legendary designer Marc Newson, has beautifully designed the interiors at Greenwich West, one of the tallest new buildings in Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood with 170 loft-style condos. Detailed design elements and select finishes inspired by the past also make a strong modern statement, creating warmth and elegance in every space. A standout design feature in the home is custom kitchen islands featuring crafted “marine-edge” Carrara marble countertops. With custom handles by Segers and Marc Newson set against the dark walnut millwork and integrated bookshelves, the islands become a focal point in the room and offer an inviting appeal to residents.
Fashion darling and celeb-go-to interior designer Ryan Korban is making waves with his first and highly anticipated new 12-story, boutique luxury condominium in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood with 40 Bleecker. Custom designing everything in the 61 residences as well as the amenities, Korban perfectly uses an “Uptown meets Brutalism” motif within the kitchens. Utilizing the same statuary marble for the kitchen hoods and backsplashes, has custom-designed the center islands. The cantilevered “waterfall” islands are book-matched and perfectly align at the veins, while the tiers allow for plenty of space and storage beneath. Surrounding the islands, Chevron pattern French oak floors made by an Italian family from recycled wine barrels line the floors, and cerused oak cabinetry with SA Baxter’s fluted burnished nickel hardware finishes off the space.
Tucked away in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood, Jardim is the first U.S. residential development by Isay Weinfeld, the world-renowned Brazilian architect and interior designer known for his hotels and high-end homes, including the Fasano Hotels and the recent reincarnation of New York’s iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Weinfeld has elevated Jardim’s kitchens to the realm of finely crafted furniture: The Molteni backsplashes and kitchen islands are made of satin-finish stainless steel—a staple in commercial kitchens for its heat- and stain- resistant qualities—adding a luminous counterpoint to the richly mottled quartz floors, while also paying subtle homage to West Chelsea’s industrial past. The islands also feature extra-deep double sinks, as well as built-in dishwashers and wine refrigerators—creating a professional-grade workspace that is as practical as it is striking.
World-renowned interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who has created some of the most of most iconic hospitality and luxury residential spaces around the globe, has custom designed the kitchen islands at The Kent, Extell’s boutique condominium development in New York City’s famed Upper East Side neighborhood. Residents were able to choose from three distinct finish selection packages that are offered in Ivory, Opal, and Onyx, and range from light to dark color palettes. Crafted from the finest materials, the Ivory package includes the choice of Diamond Fall Granite or Montclair Danby Marble on the kitchen island and backsplash with white high-gloss cabinetry; the Opal scheme includes Crystal White Marble countertops on the island with custom Macassar wood cabinetry, and the Onyx package includes ebonized Oak cabinetry with Crystal White Marble countertops.
Nancy Ruddy and John Cetra, the husband and wife design duo behind CetraRuddy, one of the leading architecture and design firms in the world, brings a vintage Gotham-esque flair to the homes at Rose Hill a new 45-story luxury condominium tower in NoMad. Brought to you by the original builders of Rockefeller Center, the kitchens at Rose Hill feature custom, Italian-made ultra matte dark charcoal cabinetry with metal-framed smoked glass upper cabinets. Calacatta Razzi honed marble countertops are present, and the islands boast the same stone set within a custom-designed bronze setting, all surrounded by rusticated hardwood floors.