Often when I'm discussing this philosophy with clients, concern is expressed that by leaving out cabinetry I'll also be leaving out storage. As I've said numerous times in this blog the kitchen is a work space first and foremost. Sacrificing storage for aesthetics is not an option for me. However, there are many ways to provide storage without overwhelming the room with great masses of cabinetry.
Or, rather than simulating a piece of furniture there's also the opportunity to use an actual piece of furniture. Perhaps an antique that's been in the family for generations, or just a baker's rack that allows you to keep supplies out for easy access. The relief provided by furniture can will also add personality to your kitchen.