North Bondi Project
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Leg roomAn island can be a great place to gather for breakfast or even dinner. The depth of leg room under the benchtop overhang required for diners to sit comfortably at your island will depend on the height of the benchtop itself. If your bench is 750 millimetres high (regular table height), aim for 450 millimetres of leg room underneath.You will need to consult your kitchen designer or benchtop supplier to determine how big of an unsupported overhang you can have based on your chosen benchtop material – concrete, for example, will require extra support underneath if there is a significant overhang.Check out these best eat-in kitchens
Perfectly imbalancedAnother great Japanese principle of Zen aesthetics that I love is Fukinsei. But this is one that some of you might not like … especially if you love everything to be perfectly symmetrical.This principle embraces imbalance, asymmetry and irregularity. It celebrates the fact that there is something beautiful and engaging about asymmetrical balance. The Zen symbol itself is drawn as an incomplete circle, representing the imperfection that is a natural part of existence. Using this principle in your kitchen design is easier than you might think, mostly because the majority of kitchens are best suited to an asymmetrical layout, largely due to the shape of the room and the items that need to be accommodated within the space. Basically, if it’s not perfectly symmetrical … then it’s perfect!