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We’ve never seen anything like Serena Williams’ kitchen island – but experts say this shape is the future

The tennis star created a modern Miami retreat that isn't afraid to break conventions – starting with this trend-setting focal point

Serena Williams is a figure of firsts – both on the tennis court and in her home.

Famed among the greatest tennis players of all time – she was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (for 319 weeks) and consistently finished as the year-end No. 1. However, a look inside her Miami home suggests that she’s a trailblazer in the interior industry, too.

The Michigan-born star offered a glimpse inside her kitchen, naturally designed by V Starr – her sister Venus’s luxury design firm. The space (seen below) offers much to be admired, including Officine Gullo appliances and Caesarstone countertops; however, her geometric kitchen island and dining table ultimately take center stage.

The dramatic island-turned-dining table plays with contrasting materials – merging dark wood with bright white marble while playing with sharp rectangular shapes. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – but designers predict pieces like this will top future kitchen trends and island trends – with some already seeing a demand for these shapes among clients.

We are seeing more uniquely shaped furniture as people are wanting to lean away from normal and typical,’ says Amy Youngblood, the owner and lead designer of Amy Youngblood Interiors. ‘Dining tables are a fun way to switch things up and add some more character to your home –and geometric-shaped bases can turn your table into a sculptural yet functional art piece.’


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