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Oct 17 2016

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Talking Islands


You know those long islands that keep replacing our breakfast tables? They say lively conversation is the spice of life, so if open floor plans are de rigueur and guests gravitate to those spaces, why is it so difficult to have a multi-person conversation while sitting? Eating islands, peninsulas and bars (pictured) are in vogue for good reason: we spend most of our time socializing while we prep and cook. The problem is that when seated in a row, one can usually only see the person to either side. The guest on either side of your immediate neighbor is left out.

Marshall After

Changing that straight line to convex has several effects, not the least of which is livelier conversation. The shape adds to the circumference – providing more personal space for all seated – while not intruding too much (often not more than eight inches). A gentle curve permits all guests to see each other with a nod of the head. Curves tend to soften objects, so a convex island adds a feeling of sensuality, and now that LED strip lighting is so easy to obtain, why not light below the counter? Toe kick lighting also adds a great nightlight.

– Adam Gibson, CMKBD

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