Published at Sunday, 03 February 2019. Kitchen Islands. By Halina Poulsen.
In the 18th century, kitchens often had a simple dry sink, a rectangular cabinet used to wash dishes before indoor plumbing, and a central worktable. Worktables began as fairly plain objects standing on open legs, and were used to knead dough, prepare foods, and store cooking accessories. Because kitchens were not family spaces at the time, worktables really weren’t used for sit-down meals.
If you want to use it for storage, look around for kitchen island designs with the most practical storage solutions for you. Maybe you just want more cupboard and drawer space, or perhaps you need somewhere to chill and store wine? You can add drawers to store utensils and cookware in, or open shelves so you have somewhere to stow cookbooks and jars of dried goods. Basket storage creates a flexible storage space where you can keep pretty much anything without it looking messy or untidy (anything is possible with modern kitchen island designs).
As kitchens marched toward more efficient designs during the late 19th century, innovative designers like Austria’s Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky began integrating storage and working features into every nook and cranny (efforts that led to modular kitchen cabinets). The simple worktable transformed, too, becoming a space with drawers and cabinets, or even built-in bins.
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