I've been looking for some elegant furniture that could go with my Japanese-look apartment for ages. Most of what I've seen has been a little too over the top, but these are perfect. The combination of the dark, slatted wood, and the pale upholstery is absolutely perfect for my apartment, and goes nicely with my classic Japanese pieces, too. If you want something that has a bit of Eastern flair without being too overwhelming, then you'll love these chairs. They're great quality, and they've held up really well so far--and trust me when I say I use them a lot!