4 Fantastic Kitchen Islands With Maximum Functionality

4 Fantastic Kitchen Islands With Maximum Functionality

Minimal, beautiful – and functionally compact – these latest kitchens from such manufacturers as Boffi, Snaidero and Minacciolo make the most of island living.

Azure Kitchen Boffi Open

1 Open by Boffi
A kitchen you can use indoors or out, Piero Lissoni’s Open features an open-faced stainless steel sink-and-stovetop structure that has sides to conceal water and gas connections, and electrical fittings. Its complementary wooden bench table, fitted with double glass shelves, provides a cutting-board countertop for snacking and food preparation. An optional dishwasher can be installed in the indoor version.

Azure Kitchen Minacciolo

2 Mini Mina by Minacciolo
To suit compact spaces, the Italian manufacturer redesigned its Mina kitchen in this pint-sized version. Constructed in wood composite, Mini Mina features a tiny sink, fire-resistant and pull-out surfaces for food preparation or dining, and a thermoplastic resin cooktop that resists scratches, stains and fingerprints. It comes in seven neutral finishes, plus a muted shade of blue, with colourful red and green knobs.

Azure Kitchen i29

3 Invisible Kitchen by i29
Dutch architecture firm i29 stripped away the traditional elements of a kitchen for this minimal stainless steel piece – which measures only two centimetres thick while still housing water, cooling, and electrical connections. Appliances and other cooking tools are housed behind the large white MDF panels that slide open to reveal storage along the wall.

Azure Kitchen Snaidero

4 Ola 25 by Snaidero
To mark their 25-year partnership, Italian kitchen brand Snaidero and automobile design company Pininfarina created a limited edition of their first kitchen collaboration. Ola 25 is defined by its contoured island in light-reflecting mineral lacquer atop a sculptural carbon fibre support. It comes in three finishes, including gold (pictured) and glossy red.

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