I really like these bar stools. They're kind of industrial but not too much so... more like a suburban interpretation of vintage industrial furniture than something a hipster would be into. It took me a while to figure out which was the "vintage" and which was the "gunmetal." Turns out "vintage" is the more silvery one and "gunmetal" is the more bronze. I got the gunmetal. The finish doesn't look like it's been painted on, like I'd read in some of the reviews before I purchased, but it also doesn't look like the natural color of the metal. There are a few areas that look like they were buffed or sanded prior to applying the final surface finish, which enhance the industrial vibe a bit. If it matters, I think it was an artifact of the manufacturing process that they left a little rough to give it a vintage vibe as opposed to a "distressing" process where they took something perfect and tried to make it look old. They're lightweight but sturdy and they have a nifty little cutout in the seat that makes them easy to grab.
Bought 16 of these over a year ago. I bought a few more several weeks ago. I can't tell the difference between the old and new. They are used all day every day by students who are hard on them. Excellent quality. They aren't the most beautiful stools on the planet, but they are amazing otherwise.
I like these bar stools. I bought them for an outdoor bar so only time will tell how well they hold up to the sun and elements. Overall I'm pleased with the design and construction. My only criticism is that they are slightly more bronze/brown than I think the online picture shows. I was hoping they had a bit more industrial grey/silver to them but overall still a good looking bar stool.
The bar stools are sturdy, and good value for the price. They were packaged very well, but one stool was scratched on top. I decided to keep it because they were for our lake house, and I have lots of grandsons. I expect scratches eventually anyway.:)
I searched several sites and stores before purchasing these bar stools. They were the best value that I found and loved that they could be shipped right to my door. They arrived in perfect condition...easily unpacked and slid them right into place at our breakfast bar. Love the vintage color and industrial look. I have received several compliments on how cool they look in my space. Color is pretty true to photos. Easy to clean.
I bought a set of these stools for my new apartment. I would love to own the Tolix originals, but at 1/5 the price, these had to do. They really can't compare to Tolix, though they provide the same look and feel and I will happily use these for a few years until I upgrade to the real ones. They arrived pretty true to the photos, though the color is a bit darker and warmer, leaning more towards copper. There really isn't much variation in the finish at all, so it looks a little cheap for that reason. They are nice and sturdy, and work great at my bar height table. I'm happy I purchased them! They're a little more comfortable than they look, too. I'm a designer and a bit of a furniture snob so I'm criticalI think most purchasers would be quite pleased :)