I have long admired Crate and Barrel's French Island. With it's iron base and hefty marble top it can take an average kitchen and elevate it. This island adds that often needed "unfitted" element to a kitchen space.
CB's French Island is substantial without taking up valuable visual space. In this particular kitchen there is 34" between the island and cabinets. If the island were solid, the space would appear tight.
The open legs create the perception of space. However, the hefty iron and marble keep the island from looking wimpy. Well worth it's $1299.00 price tag!