The thin flat top stainless steel countertops in a kitchen by architect Jerome Buttrick have an appealing modern look and offer a cost savings over the traditional practice of wrapping the counter edges.
Countertops: Stainless steel, quartz, Corian and laminates are four good choices that don't have grout to scrub and never require sealing. Choose durable surfaces: Glossy quartz-surfacing countertops mimic the look of natural stone but are much easier to maintain. A simple edge profile will also help to reduce costs. Granite is an all-time favorite for its ease of care even if it does need occasional sealing.
concrete and plywood kitchen- i think there is a potential to have the floor Anton wants and the look you want using polished concrete for surfaces- stunning and not run of the mill at all. Great opportunity for layering, different aggrgate and colours possible.