I think a kitchen island can be the modern-day hearth of the home as we tend to congregate in the kitchen area to eat and taste what’s being cooked. An island is a place to cook, make a mess, be creative, throw things when you walk in the door arms full and even dine on. I love the space for my kitchen island but I am ready for a new look. I would like something more rustic and country looking, with a butcher block top (because I love to cook) and something that is beautiful in its own right… gets better with use. The antique piece above would be a great starting point for what I am thinking of, it has great character.
If you find a large-scale vintage table with a truly sturdy and sufficient wood surface you could easily add planks to the bottom of it to create a storage shelf. Old-fashioned milk or soda crates would work perfectly to set atop a low shelf and have many slots for storage organization.
These custom-built islands are good options I found on Etsy as well. I love all of the storage they already have built-in. You could easily install some hooks on the underside of a butcher-block top to hang pots and pans for extra storage.
Don’t under-estimate your taste in large-scale antique pieces. They have great character and it is hard to find something as special.