What Can I Put In This Space?

I've been asked by my condo board to select the principal piece/s of furniture for our recently redesigned lobby. Just like most home decor decisions, what seemed like a simple task has now turned into an abyss of mediocre options. In a desperate attempt to shirk my responsibility, I turn to the Apartment Therapy community for collective help.

In deciding how to fill the space, there are several considerations and limitations:

• The furniture should include a seating surface of some sort.
• The area is 110 inches long and 21 inches wide (approximately)
• The condo board is hesitant to buy a table that will encourage the collection of junk in the lobby. In the past, well-intentioned people have left free items in the lobby area, which pile-up and create a "garage sale effect."
• The furniture should be highly durable.
• The collection of furniture should be less than $1500.

Should I include more considerations or limitations? What type of furniture would fit the space and all the conditions? Does anyone know of a specific piece that would be perfect? All suggestions are welcome!

Image: Susan Mitchell Blavin

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