This is the kitchen in my office, believe it or not. It is based on the Empire State Diner in New York. My builders built it from formica fronted wood from a picture we found on the web.
It is full of retro gadgets from my web site and has a curved bar, inside, to dine from. Needless to say, the staff love it.
You can use this idea to separate a kitchen area in an open plan loft apartment or any open plan space. It keeps the cooking smells out of the living space as well.