As Jannie Kjær of Multiform Aalborg points out, kitchens have changed a lot over the decades, and versatile and multifunctional kitchen islands have held a special place in people’s hearts.
This is especially true for families with children — kitchen islands are popular because they offer a place to get together on busy afternoons and quiet weekend mornings.
Yet Fyllgraf points out that functionality is also key to the island’s predominance. “Everyone who has enough space in their kitchen wants an island. It provides more countertop and storage space, and at the same time it can incorporate features like a sink and a stove. The extra space is especially helpful if you cook a lot.”
Here again the social aspect comes in: “The island has almost become a ‘dishwashing island,’ as we stand by the sink more than by the stove,” Hornemann says. “When the sink is located in the island, you can wash dishes and still be facing family, friends and guests.”
Another growing trend sees islands fulfilling more than just social or functional roles — aesthetics are becoming increasingly important. “In the future, we will see islands being made of different materials than the rest of the kitchen, so they will stand out as a design object, a beautiful icon of furniture design and quality,” Hornemann says. “The kitchen will change character and consist of more free-moving furniture of different materials and designs.”
What does this tell us about the island of the future?
“The kitchen island will have a new and even more social function,” Fyllgraf says. “We will see several different versions of the island with more seating and more room for dining.”