I love banquette seating! A great breakfast nook/family dining option that just looks good in any kitchen. Especially in its own little nook with lots of light, and lift-up seats to store kitchen/dining linens.
Interesting idea for kitchen and dining room. Island with a bench seat attached for the table. Might have to do something similar in my new place to save room for chairs. Under the bench seat could be storage for rarely used items.