What are the couple ways these benches aren’t perfect? The first is their size. They have a children’s furniture feel to them which devalues them, unfortunate. Increasing their height by about 2 ? inches, and enlarging them overall proportionally would have transformed these little stoolies into real statement quality furniture. Enlarging these would have propelled this design into Noguchi-ish interesting works. The second star-robbing aspect of these little stoolies is the quality of manufacturing. Rather than delivering a “10” level of workmanship, these are in the 7 ? range. Their biggest manufacturing fault is in the fairness of the bends. There are unsightly and distracting highs and lows in the bends rather than the smooth, fair, transitions expected. The veneer bending is nowhere close to those seen in Aemes bent veneer designs, or even the 1950s Sears and Roebuck kitchen chair bent veneers. but could have been with closer attention to the bending presses and jigs in manufacture.
So why four stars rather than the two or three the pieces actually warrant? Price! These were definitely priced a bit higher than the quality should allow, but not so much higher than to require returning to IMOD, just high enough to cause a little disappointment sting. I would not recommend these to a friend, i’d Show him a stoolie first and let him decide. Caution needed if you are thinking of a purchase.