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August 26, 2013
A delicious slab of white Carrara marble, a couple of planks of plywood, and 20,000 Legos: These are among the inventive materials used for some of our favorite kitchen islands from the pages of Dwell.
Modern kitchen with white Carrara marble countertops and cypress cabinets

The kitchen of Jan Moolsintong and Peter Russell-Clarke’s house in San Francisco features an island wrapped in white Carrara marble.

Photo by Ian Allen

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Originally appeared in Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
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The idea for Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti’s Lego kitchen in Paris sprouted five years ago, when Pillard put 500 blocks and a day’s worth of work into building a Lego-legged chair. The designing duo—who create products together under the name Munchausen—recently gave the seat a colorful companion. They covered their kitchen island—a simple wooden block—with 20,000 Lego pieces.

Photo by Céline Clanet

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Originally appeared in Lego Island
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Opening onto the open-plan living and dining rooms, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island and Miele appliances has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Pica

In John Picard’s home in Manhattan Beach, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Picard says with the obvious pride of a satisfied customer, “is an amazing piece of engineering.”

Photo by Gregg Segal

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Originally appeared in Stainless Chef
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For this mid-century modern home in Lakewood, Washington, the kitchen, dining, and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed “the mother of all islands” by the residents.

Originally appeared in A Mid-Century Renovation in Washington
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The renovation on Jerome and Jamie Pelayo’s house in Echo Park in Los Angeles was driven by a very tight budget—hence the island made of plywood.

Originally appeared in A Modern House on a Budget in Los Angeles
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Modern kitchen with white Carrara marble countertops and cypress cabinets

The kitchen of Jan Moolsintong and Peter Russell-Clarke’s house in San Francisco features an island wrapped in white Carrara marble.

Photo by Ian Allen

Photo by Ian Allen.

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