06/05/2015 12:47 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Stunning Kitchen Islands

By Colleen EganArchitectural Digest.

If kitchens are the heart of the home, islands are the hub of activity that keep it beating.


(photo: Arthur May Gray)

One of the owners of this airy Los Angeles home is an amateur chef who likes to entertain, so Griffin Enright Architects anchored the room with a stainless-steel island that combines a large work space with seating for guests.


(photo: Josh McHugh)

Andy Lewis of Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects created a new kitchen wing for this historic home in Virginia, which was decorated by Jean Perin and includes a wood island with open storage.


(photo: Durston Saylor)

Designer Jason Bell created this sleek Manhattan kitchen with a stainless-steel-and-wood island that extends into a table for two.

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(photo: Dan Forer)

Architect Robert M. Swedroe renovated his Biscaya Island, Florida, home with the help of designer Toby Zack. The pair installed blue high-gloss metallic lacquered cabinets from Snaidero and a marble-top island with a six-burner cooktop.


(photo: Barry Halkin)

The kitchen of this 1910 Colonial Revival house outside Philadelphia had seemingly not been updated since the '50s, so architects Kass & Associates knocked out a wall to combine it with the pantry.


(photo: Erhard Pfeiffer)

Architect Dean Nota updated the bright Venice, California, kitchen of Architectural Digest contributing photographer Erhard Pfeiffer, which includes BABA leather barstools from Design Centro Italia and a KitchenAid cooktop and hood above the island.


(photo: Erhard Pfeiffer)

Architect Richard Landry and designer Franco Vecchio used various types of wood and stone to bring a sense of warmth to the kitchen of this Beverly Hills mansion.


(photo: William Waldron)

This townhouse in New York's Greenwich Village, designed by Leroy Street Studio architects and decorated by Christine Markatos Lowe, features a massive island that spans the kitchen.

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