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Kitchen Islands Still Popular 45 Years on, According to Pinnacle KBB Kitchen Specialists

Since its birth in 1967, the kitchen island has evolved massively over the past 45 years to become a multifunctional hive of activity. Pinnacle KBB specialists are exploiting this as the trend continues.


Kitchen islands are highly popular and are often sought out as features in new kitchen designs, a trend encouraged by the surge in cookery and interior design programs over the last decade.
It all began in 1967 with the release of the first kitchen island by Poggenpohl and it remains the most popular part of kitchen design today, say Pinnacle KBB Kitchen Planners.
Since its birth in 1967 however, the kitchen island has evolved massively over the past 45 years to become a multifunctional hive of activity. Some host sinks, other storage and kitchen appliances whilst others are instead utilized as breakfast bars and dining areas.
Stuart Heyes, Managing Director of Pinnacle KBB says:
“The majority of people who walk in to our Preston kitchen showroom want an island of some description in their kitchen, in open plan kitchens it serves as a dividing line, in others it’s a feature they can show off when they invite guests to dinner, they’re as popular as ever. Our kitchen fitters are installing them all the time”.
As cooking has become a more social activity, the island has allowed aspiring house chefs to combine both the thrill of cooking a meal and chatting to guests at the same time where ample space is available; as opposed to leaving guests unattended and free to roam as is often seen in ‘Come Dine with Me’. Guests can gather round whilst those doing the cooking can show off their culinary prowess where their island incorporates a hob and a dining area, allowing for food to be served up before your eyes, a feature of many high end Asian restaurants.
There has also been a continuing trend in marking out an island in complementary colours and materials in contrast with other units as part of a fitted kitchen installation to make more of a statement, a feature borrowed from German designer kitchens
Mr Heyes adds: “The island has helped link the social aspects of cookery together where previously many would have cooked in isolation with their backs to their guests. It serves as an informal dining area and can serve a variety of purposes. We recommend raising the dining area slightly to help screen the hob from guests, maintaining cleanliness with no loss of function”.
Some customers take greater steps to highlight their purchase, often framing their islands with LED skirt lighting or marking dining placements with high contrast task lighting. Either way the evolution of the island has seen a room intended solely as a functional space evolve into an area for showmanship and displays of design taste and grandeur
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About Pinnacle KBB:
Pinnacle KBB has been operating locally in Preston for years. They plan, deliver and fit kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms across both Preston and Chorley, retaining an eye for quality. Offering bespoke, designer fittings has seen Pinnacle KBB build a reputation for their attention to detail and their friendly service staff.
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