Industrial appliances and utilitarian finishes. The convenience to be able to "hose it all down." One can't argue the influence of commercial style appliances on residential design. Don't forget tile to the ceiling and lack of wall cabinets! Here's an ideabook all about that.
Another tapered leg but this time in dark wood. This detail is a bit more traditional due to the dental style molding between the marble and the leg — what I refer to as a table-style apron that helps to make islands look more like pieces of furniture.
Love the grandness of the giant. Thinking if we push the kitchen out to current b-fast area, then left wall could look like this with an island to separate new closed in area which could be dining. Make butlers pantry and window seat in current kitchen. Put left wall where stove is open for a furniture piece.