I designed this line of dining furniture to be as versatile as possible. The small spaces of large dense cities are getting even smaller with most new 2 bedroom units now in the 800 sq ft range. This means that the furniture in the units should serve more than one purpose. By using a bench on one side of the dining table, it frees up room for the space, allows a third person (like a toddler) to share the middle space between two adults, works great as a hall bench for elderly visitors or even as a second cocktail table for when more table space is needed in the living room area.
The use of solid surfacing (Corian, Hi Macs) is worth the extra cost when it comes to dining furniture. It is easily the place in the home that gets the most abuse; food, bacteria, liquids of all sorts and things like citrus all take massive tolls on finishes. By using stainless steel and solid surfacing any scratches and wear can be buffed out to a brand new finish which is always desirable especially for those with children or child like friends.