Open Kitchen Concept? Yes or No?

Contemporary Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators
Lisa Benbow - Garnish Designs

We love this kitchen for many reasons.  Doesn't it look like a great space to hang out with the family or entertain?  Over the past twentyfive years or so, kitchens have come out of the back of the house and become the heart of the home.  There are those who prefer a more closed kitchen concept because they want to be able to close off dirty dishes or keep smells from migrating.  Which do you prefer? and why? 

Have a great weekend...

Elementally,

Michele and Linda