This chair was EXACTLY what I was looking for: Black leather, solid construction, and very comfy. The assembly was much easier once I purchased a hex nut driver for my power drill (set clutch low though so you dont over tighten). The chairs only had a slight "new" smell, nothing unpleasant at all. They are very roomy, and substainial looking, and went perfect with our new back rubthrough table and buffets. The picture here does not do them justice at all.