I have always loved kitchen banquettes. They take up less room and give you lots of seating.
There are many ways to accommodate this look. You could of course build one into your dining area.
Or use free-standing furniture pieces, like the one above from Ballard Designs, to achieve this look.
A dining table with these individual pieces on either side would look very elegant. Or you could use just one of these pieces and add chairs for the other side.
The above combination is reminiscent of the fifties. A retro look that is popular today.
And this last one is what I would consider the most modern approach. The somewhat shabby chic look, combined with industrial chairs and a chippy table.
Do you like this type of arrangement? Would you like to incorporate this look into your own home?