Ring Around the Kitchen
"The worst design idea of the century is the continuous-counter kitchen (CCK) planned around walls. Storage placed on walls is good, for example floor standing cupboards or appliances like fridges—but not working areas. Why do you want to prep food with a wall or a cabinet door a few inches from your nose, or eyes for that matter? Islands and peninsulas facing into the centre of rooms are the places for prepping and cooking. Sociability is not possible without eye contact."
Johnny Grey, Architect and Kitchen Designer, London and San Francisco, CA