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The strongest argument for the main sink in the island is how much time we spend at the sink. We spend most of our time in the kitchen either prepping or cleaning up. Standing in front of the cooktop is a fraction of the time spent in our kitchens. That said, if you want to socialize while you're doing most of your kitchen tasking, then the main sink in the island is the best option.
Sure this kitchen could have sacrificed that terrific furniture piece so they could move their refrigerator over to that wall in order to get the main sink in the perimeter cabinetry — but why, when this works so well?
In this kitchen, the argument for putting the main sink in the island was a no-brainer. We would have had to sacrifice the French doors in order to get the main sink on the back wall. Main sinks on islands often reveal the tightest, most efficient work triangle. It's like galley kitchen with an island. Similar to what we see on boats and in restaurants, this design makes the most of a small and challenging space.
One of the best parts about using a farm sink or apron-front sink in the island is that they're often pulled forward a bit on the cabinet, and they don't require 3" of countertop in front of the sink hole. You gain usable counter space for your guests on the other side.
If you've got a large space and a deep enough island for a regular undermount sink, then that's a great option as well. Here you can see that the sink and range are centered, and in this modern and minimal space that makes sense. Especially since there's ample room between the island and back wall.
Okay, so back to the most common reason for not wanting the main sink in the island — dirty dishes. Look at this way: It's one way to train yourself and your family not to leave dirty dishes in the sink. If you don't want to look at the mess and the clutter, this is a useful manipulative tactic.
That said, this design may not be best for those who can't get past those habits or just don't want to. There's an ideal design out there for everyone, it's just a matter of finding the best fit.