This stool looks really cool and all my friends love it. I never see this style in our local stores. My only gripe is the black paint is already starting to come off in the areas where my kids may accidentally hit it against the counter or something. I have only had it 1 month, so I would think that even with a little abuse from my kids the paint would last longer. The stool is white under the black paint. However, we love it, and it is comfortable (as far as barstools go!). Highly recommend for those without young kids and a modern design in their kitchen.