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5 Must-See Bar Installations

Everyone needs a go-to neighborhood bar, and if I had my pick, it would be one of these. In my opinion, the best parts of a neighborhood bar are everything but their signature beer-garita: modern barstools, great music, creative drinks, and of course, zero pressure to put on real pants. These five bars agree, and they indulge my desire for design-forward spaces packed with personality.

Meet Frankie, The Communal Table With A Big Personality

We're really excited to show you our newest communal table, the Frankie collection. The table celebrates our industrial heritage while espousing a softer aesthetic with an almost nostalgic 80s-like charm. Featuring two over-sized U-shaped steel legs that seamlessly intersect with a solid wood top to create a creative yet aesthetically familiar-feeling form that could almost be called “cute.”

Three Things You Should Learn From El Thrifty, a Mexican-Inspired Cantina & Social Club

A wall of gold dusted skulls, fuchsia-colored barstools, and Mexican-inspired graphics are just a few of the design elements that make El Thrifty special. The all-day eatery and social club is expansive in size, with over 7200 square feet of interior space, and an additional 2200 sq ft of outdoor rec space featuring hammocks, and even shuffleboard courts. Located in Greenville, South Carolina, “el T” as the locals call it, is a refreshing concept for the area, and the owners are already planning expansion into other markets.

4 Must-See Restaurants Featuring Pantone's Newest Color Of The Year

Well folks, we did it. We survived the year of Pantone’s Ultra Violet, a color so sparse in the food and restaurant world, we didn’t even bother to write a blog post about it.

3 Half Hurdle Barstool Installs we Love

Dowel Jones originally launched the taller version of their now famous Half Hurdle chair in 2017, debuting the design at Salone del Mobile. This month, the Half Hurdle barstool is finally available in North America. For those that don’t know who Dowel Jones is, don’t fret, you can learn about this Australian design duo here. They are making big waves in the design world with their innovative furniture and lighting products.

Introducing the Half Hurdle Barstool

Guess what? We've expanded our collaboration with Australian-based Dowel Jones to exclusively bring the Half Hurdle barstool stateside. Designed for hospitality spaces, the Half Hurdle barstool celebrates design-forward thinking and a modern perspective of mixed material furniture.

Let's Talk About Leather. And How To Tell If You're Spec'ing The Right Kind.

Leather is a natural material that just screams luxury, comfort, and immediately adds texture to any space. The most common leathers used today as an upholstery material for commercial furniture projects are full grain and top grain leathers.

Color Cravings: Yellow Restaurant Chairs

Over the past few months we’ve been profiling restaurants that have made bold color choices when it comes to their restaurant chairs. Think the pink barstools at Recess or the red Hugh chairs at Hat Creek Burger. Today, we wanted to switch things up and talk about our favorite summer color, yellow!

Deco Pizza is the Art Deco Pizzeria You Didn’t Know You Needed, Until Now

We’re not sure what part of Deco Pizzeria we love more, the fact that “Mama Deco” (the matriarch whose pizza dough recipe has become a San Antonio staple) still greets you at the door everytime you walk in, or the unexpected anddare we sayfearless use of color that covers every surface of the interior.

5 Restaurants To Follow For Major Inspiration

Whether you’re looking to drive traffic to your new online ordering platform, or increase brand awareness, mastering the art of social media for your restaurant is not only important, but necessary these days. 

4 Sadies Installs To Love

Super modern and minimal, the Sadie Collection was designed by Joey Ruiter and launched in 2014. This mixed material modern seating collection effortlessly marries Ruiter’s passion for minimalism with his pursuit of functionality. Since its launch, this chair has been used in restaurants across North America, from independent restaurants and cafes, to large chains, like Burger King and even more recently, White Castle (pics coming soon).

2017 Year In Review, Our Top 10 Installs

2017 had us asking the questions “will we ever get sick of ‘millennial pink’?” and “how many neon signs is too many?”, “is the industrial trend ever going to fade?”, and while we’re predicting some major shifts in restaurant design trends for 2018, we’re also excited to celebrate the amazing spaces created throughout the past year that are vibrant, functional, and obviously showcase our products.

Our Top 5 Installs That Aren't Restaurants

One of our New Year’s resolutions? Try new things. Which means stepping outside of our comfort zone and stepping into new spaces, like offices. Companies like Facebook, Google, and more recently WeWork, have redefined the world of office interior design, taking us far away from grey cubicle walls to bold rooms inspired by pop art and local icons.

Restaurant Design Trends 2018

In the world of Uber Eats and value menus, how do independent restaurants and restaurant chains convince customers to actually eat inside of their stores? The past decade has fared well for the restaurant industry, especially the fast casual concepts, but with increased competition can “good food, fast” really be enough? 

Could Copper Brown Be the New "Industrial" Neutral?

The last decade of restaurant design threw us head-first into the world of heavy industrial--from edison bulbs to exposed brick to raw metals and finally reclaimed, dark woods. In more recent years, the trend has gone mainstream. What once was a reserved for the grungy warehouses turned bars of NYC, quickly found its way into polite suburban neighborhoods, echoing its own death sentence upon arrival.

Round Up: Three Commercial Velvets

There is no denying that velvet is having a major comeback this year. Traditionally known as a high-end material, velvet has the ability to warm up a room faster than any other material. Its unique relationship to light creates a dramatic textural effect, creating highlights and shadows with a simple stroke of the fabric in a new direction.

This Garage Turned Café Gets A Dramatic Update

The Lynhall, a multi-functional food space that is part restaurant/cafe, part incubator kitchen, and part kitchen TV studio, opened earlier this year in south Minneapolis, and is taking the Twin Cities by storm.

The Inspiration Behind Our Newest Metal Finishes

We’re breathing new life into our standard metal finishes with eight new colors. At a time when “freshness” or “sustainability” are anchor words for most Q.S.R. brands, this new color palette echoes the visual language of both the natural world and modern food space environments.

4 Reasons to Love The Harper Collection

A classic collection with a few new twists, Harper is the modern chair and barstool line that defines versatility. Designed by Joey Ruiter, who also dreamt up our Sadie II and Leo collections, Harper breathes new life into a familiar form. Here are four reasons why we think you’ll love our new Harper restaurant seating collection. 

Low Stools: When to Use & Why You'll Love Them

The utility of a low stool speaks for itself, and its unexpected rise in popularity at cafes and quick serve restaurants has captured our hearts and our attention. Like all great trends, the low stool first gained traction in independent coffee shops and restaurants. Now, you'll find them in large chain restaurants worldwide. Here are five reasons why we love low stools, and how you can fit them into your next hospitality project. 

Introducing the Hurdle Collection

In an exclusive partnership between Grand Rapids Chair Company and Australian design studio, Dowel Jones, the Hurdle seating collection is now available commercially in North America.

Modern Makeover: Classic Chairs, Modern Finishes

Classic restaurant furniture has a reputation for being reliably strong and simple, which is why you’ll see chairs like our Melissa Anne Collection in cafes, restaurants, and bars all over the world. Its affordable price point and universal design have made this an extremely popular chair.

Garden Fresh: A Vibrant Museum Cafe Renvoation

The Taste of the Gardens Cafe at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park brings the outdoors in with their latest renovation.

The Case For Modern Restaurant Furniture

While traditional design will always hold a special place

Al Fresco: 7 Inspiring Outdoor Eating Spaces

With warmer weather on the horizon, we’ve found ourselves craving refreshing margaritas on the patio and sun-drenched afternoons spent reading outside of our favorite coffee shops. 

An Influencer's Take Pt. 2 With Didier Young

As a city enthusiastically trying to break free of it’s reputation as the birthplace of Tim Horton’s

5 Restaurant Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow Immediately

Creating a cult following for your restaurant on Instagram is almost a necessity

5 Tips to Modernize Your University Cafeteria

1. Specify furniture with clean lines and modern finishes
2. Integrate power into your tables for connectivity
3. Create purposeful breakout zones
4. Be bold with color choices
5. Use furniture pieces with flexible uses 

The Hunger Games: Restaurants vs. Grocery stores

Grocery stores fight for survival

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