A kitchen can be a beyond-busy place, especially during heavy cooking times for friends and family. That's why planning for everyone to have a place (and to join the cook without getting in the way) is essential. This center island serves that purpose, dividing while organizing work stations into highly efficient zones. Drawers, instead of cabinets, with a limed quartersawn oak finish create an abundance of space and add horizontal lines, giving the room a more contemporary look. Maxed-out storage comes from options on both sides of the island, strategically placed upper cabinets, and a pantry wall that includes two wall ovens.