The idea of having a ‘central island’ — a floating block of units in the middle of the room — was inspired by professional kitchens.
Over the years, designers have adapted the high performance equipment that busy chefs use to bring us all sorts of modern gizmos and gadgets: stainless steel worktops, special chopping blocks, built-in appliances…
Kitchen islands can also be used as a breakfast or informal meal space. Just a couple of cute barstools and you're good to go!
The only drawback with central islands is that you need a pretty large kitchen to accomodate them.