I've placed this at the entrance of my apartment, and it certainly makes a statement when people walk in. It is a fun piece, as well as a very functional one! One note I'll make is to watch out if you have floorboards (as most of us do) because you will likely want to secure this piece to the wall, and the hardware that accompanies the product to do this will not reach the wall. I'm planning to grab the necessary hardware from **** *****.
The bookcase is exactly as described and pictured. It looks and fits great in a corner. It's definitely dark but that's how it's pictured so I'm quite happy with that. It's also sturdy, not made of flimsy materials. I've put together a lot of furniture over the years and this took me a little over an hour to assemble. The directions need some work, as they skip two steps, including screwing the shelves in on the second backing. A little common sense will let you finish easily, but the lack of attention bothered me. Definitely get your own allen wrench to use, as the one they supplied doesn't let you provide enough torque and it made assembly really difficult, so I stopped using it after the first screw.