Unlike me who didn't take into account that seating height is a mere 37cms - a good 10cms lower than the average chair. So it's definitely a stool rather than a barstool or chair; but very handy for putting one's feet up on (with a cushion) or resting a laptop on or even, gasp, sitting on occasionally. I imagine it might come in handy for fishing! It's an iconic piece obviously - very stylish; but the colour depicted in the Amazon listing is way off...the one I received is a good five tones lighter with attractive, darker stripes/grain; sort of light walnut. You get a much more realistic colour depiction on the Vita Interiors website.