Myrtle Tree HouseModern Dining Room, Melbourne
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4. Island style. This banquette, built into the back of an island, forms a contemporary, streamlined look that fits the design of the Melbourne, Australia, kitchen. The bench seat runs the length of the island and continues along the kitchen’s back wall to form an L. The seat back is slanted, which allows people to lean back and also echoes the angles of the ceiling. Using the island back as the seat back efficiently uses the space and allows for a walkway through the kitchen. How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen’s Back Side
Flexible FurnitureWith floor plans shrinking, we won’t be able to accommodate as much furniture, and what we do have will need to perform more than one function. Multifunctional designs, such as the Ori robotic furniture system — a compact, adaptable unit containing a bookshelf, bed, table and more — will become increasingly popular.