I could see adding a higher wood bar like this onto our new island. Modern Home by Gardner Mohr Architects. this is unique! i've never seen an island corner structured that way. gives nice geometric flow.
Thai noodle bar with a tree-like wooden canopy by Moko Architects
island/shelf Sharp contrast defines the kitchen. Color, form, and materials change abruptly for an incredibly striking effect. Wood transitions to glossy white, concrete turns to marble, all wrapped up in a clean modernist package.