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Discover An Island by Patrick J. Galvin The use of islands in kitchen design has become so popular that some consumer magazines now refer to "island" kitchens, as though this were one of the basic conformations, such as a "U" or "L" shape. This might tempt builders-skilled in houses but not necessarily in kitchens-to put islands where they don't belong, or even where they don't fit. Kitchen islands can be fine for design impact, but they should be thought of first as functional. The functional purpose of an island is to achieve a work triangle of less than 23 feet; that is, the distance from the center of the sink to the center of the range to the center of the