The Evolution Of The Kitchen Island?

Have you noticed a rather recent trend in kitchen islands?
Traditionally most islands have bar stool type seating, but more recently, a hybrid of the kitchen banquette and island has emerged whereby the island acts as the back of the banquette seating. Or the island drops to table height to accommodate eat-in kitchen dining at a more traditional level. I've attached an image to help illustrate what I'm referring to. 
Bar stools are great, but often unsuitable for younger kids or older adults. Banquette kitchen seating is amazing, but often there is insufficient room for this. Blending the two into one is a space-saving alternative and one worth considering when renovating. This may be a novel upgrade for COMPASS Concierge staging too: a simple banquette sofa propped up against the back of an island can create this rather easily and inexpensively. The kitchen island is evolving and I am seeing numerous variations on this theme. 

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