An appealing alternative to the traditional kitchen island look: the modern-looking workbench.
Above: German kitchen company Bulthaup makes the System b2 Workbench.
Above two photos: A custom workbench in the London Loft of Ochre partner Solange de la Fouchardiere.
Above: A sparsely outfitted kitchen; from the portfolio of Santa Monica-based photographer Lisa Romerein.
Above: The Berge kitchen in Southern Germany by Nils Holger Moormann.
Above: Another kitchen workbench from Bulthaup.
Above: A kitchen in Europe, via Style Files.