I’m a sucker for a good banquette, built-in or free-standing. There’s something about these little seating areas that is cozy, comforting. Built-in banquettes offer storage and informality and are wonderful for families. Free-standing banquettes are a great way to add variety, interest and balance to a dining room. Though they needn’t be curved, we think the rounded banquettes are super cool around a circular table (like MGBW’s “Finley”, shown in the photo above). It’s formal, unique + chic. We want it all!