I am a corporate designer and have been renovating our Info Services group; this is a mostly male department so I focused the design on more industrial looking accessories. This stool fit the bill -- the look is what I envisioned. I also like the ability to adjust the stool as they will be used at a new counter height conference table. Additionally, the metal surface is easily cleaned if food or beverages are spilled. I am looking forward to the room being completed so the stools can be put into use!