Julia Child's kitchen had the original island: a table that could accommodate six for dinner.
The kitchen island can be as simple or complex as you wish or need. Here's a range of examples to get you thinking about what will work for you.The Kitchen Table
. This is the original island -- Julia Child had a table at the center of her kitchen where she could work and then sit down to eat with her husband Paul. Here's the kitchen in Plan 891-3
by Cathy Schwabe, with the small table for two at the center.Island as Furniture.
Here's an example of an island with very well turned legs! Plan 464-13Island with two levels
-- for food prep and casual dining, and to hide clutter. Plan 454-12
by Sarah Susanka.Island for storage and display as well as cooking and eating. Plan 135-166Island for work and warmth.
Butcher block-topped island, with bookshelves, Plan 479-11
by Peter Brachvogel.
The only real limits to a kitchen island are the edges of your imagination and the depth of your pocketbook!