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A few popular exotic woods available for countertops include tiger wood, rose wood, river redgum, jarrah, brushbox, rosewood, and Tasmanian blackwood. The look seen here is most likely tiger wood.
Another big part of wood countertops is edge finish. Super chunky and thick is a great option for those with contemporary taste; bull nose and beveled edges add a traditional look. The island here appears to be some sort of custom, tiered edge which is transitional, it can go either way.
Next, the not-so-great stuff to know about stainless steel countertops: They can show temporary fingerprints and water drops, and they can be scratched. But tiny scratches tend to become less noticeable over time and appear to simply be a part of the stainless steel look.