As the heart of the modern kitchen, the island revs up the room’s function factor with extra storage space, work surfaces and as a cooking station. Perhaps, one of the most important roles that many islands play is that of gathering place. Family and friends love to hang out in the kitchen, and the island offers the perfect place to do just that. Today’s hardworking, multi-tasking kitchen island designs can be found in every style from charming country to sleek modern providing a myriad of varying functions to each space.

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An extended section at the end of this modern island offers additional dining space.

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These Old World style gourmet kitchens boast islands in charming wood, one with a large solid work surface, the other with a bar sink and task area.

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This stunning modern island is as artistic as the portrait hanging beside it. Its curvy lines and sculpted appearance are aesthetically pleasing while its work surface, cooking station and gathering space are functionally attractive.

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This wood accented island with bookcase offers a spot of warmth and personality in an otherwise sleek modern kitchen.

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While it has no gathering space, this island offers plenty of work area and a cooking station. Multiple cabinets tucked underneath provide extra storage for pots, pans and additional kitchen elements.

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Bonus: A retractable iPhone controlled kitchen island!

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