Island Lights: To Pendant or Not to Pendant?

As we finalize decisions a modern home we are building, we went back and forth as to what to do with lighting above the 16ft island. Clearly 90%+ of people would do now do pendants over the island, though we questioned that most traveled route, and ultimately decided to just do five 4" can lights. A few years ago in a previous abode, we actually converted can lights above an island, to pendants; though in attempting to keep a super clean, minimal look, we are going the opposite direction. We were somewhat inspired by this photo.

Anyway, just wanted to open up the discussion on thoughts from those who actually appreciate modern (not contemporary or transitional) design. What are your thoughts?

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