Outlets in the countertop . . .
Our current kitchen has these (ca. 1978) with the big metal covers that spring down over the outlets). I'm thinking this is probably not what is done anymore, and they are hideous, anyway, so I am looking for options.
The kitchen is a large galley kitchen with one side of it actually open to the rest of the room. Sort of an "island", but not with the usual function of an island (no seating on the other side, or actual usable access on the other side). It's an MCM house with an inside garden area -- this is what is on the other side of the "island" and there is a brick wall on the back of the island that rises about 6" above the countertop surface -- gives a bit of a backsplash for the sink, hides the junk on the counter, and holds the groovy planter boxes on top.
The jury is still out on whether we're leaving the brick wall as-is to conceal the countertop a bit, or whether we're shortening it a bit so the island top itself is fully exposed and flat.
But back to the issue. The outlets for this island (the thing is 17' long) are in the countertop. The construction of the brick wall makes it not really possible to move them to the short backsplash area. I'm thinking the other options are a plugmold (but I'm not sure I'll like the look of that in the planned smooth IKEA kitchen) or one of those pop-up outlet towers I saw somewhere.