An Elegant & Cozy Traditional Restaurant Design: The Royal Tern

We  always here for a modern design moment or a bright pop of color. Take the kaleidoscope-like restaurant or this beachy, citrus-inspired restaurant in Boston. But sometimes, it’s a traditional restaurant design that catches our eye. In this case, it’s The Royal Tern.

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.

Cocktails & Design: A Look at Our Favorite Distillery

We love profiling stunning restaurants from around the world, but it’s pretty special when we find one in our own backyard. Tucked away in the Grand Rapids north Monroe industrial district, you’ll find the unpretentious yet sophisticated Gray Skies Distillery.

The 23 Coral Colored Fabrics We're Going To Be Using Non-stop This Year

Another new year means another new “color of the year” selection from the Pantone color experts. Enter Living Coral. A calming yet vibrant color that speaks to the digital nature of our society as well as our innate human desire to experience the natural world.

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.

Two Lights Seafood & Oyster Is An Oasis In The City

Two Lights Seafood & Oyster is like taking a vacation without ever leaving the city. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago, you could be on vacation all year round. Owners Keene and Megan Addington opened Two Lights just this past summer in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Since then, this casual seafood restaurant has been delighting Chicagoans with its Instagram-friendly interior and “gigantic oysters.”

Best Budget-Friendly Restaurant Barstools

Is it just me or did Black Friday and Cyber Monday last an excessive amount of time this year? In honor of these seemingly never-ending holiday deals, we’ve lined up a few our favorite, stylish, durable, and budget-friendly barstools. These barstools work in everything from restaurants to cafeterias to office break rooms—and they are all under $468 list.

Higher Ed Design Trends: A Chat with Fabie Derbigny of Tipton Associates

There are so many things happening in the higher ed space today. Dorms look like luxury apartments, student unions boast state-of-the-art movies theaters and bowling alleys, and cafeterias have morphed into dining meccas filled with any food you can possibly imagine. With those changes, we wanted to get an expert opinion on what's next in the ever-changing world of higher education design. So, we turned to lead interior designer Fabie Derbigny of Tipton Associates to learn the trends of higher ed design.

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.

Meet The Vegan Chain Leading the Way for Plant-based Restaurants

Vegan and vegetarian restaurants aren’t a fad. In fact, they’ve have grown exponentially in the last few years and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. According to a report by the research firm GlobalData, there’s been a whopping “600% increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S in the last three years.” Delivery service GrubHub notes in their 2017 report that orders for plant-based foods have reached “a new high.And finally, Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, recently reported that plant-based foods are “here to stay.”

I Spy: Coworking Spaces with Beauty Shoppe’s Morgan Stewart

In the series I Spy, we highlight unique perspectives, designs, furniture, architecture, and people. When so much of the design world can feel monotonous, we search for and share moments that make you look and think twice. Think of I Spy as your one-stop-shop for everything bold, different, and beautiful.

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.

A Delightfully Designed Coworking Space by Beauty Shoppe

Now serving: stylish coworking spaces served with a side of hospitality. Enter Beauty Shoppe, a Pittsburgh-based coworking operator on a mission to make neighborhoods and coworking spaces more hospitable and welcoming.

Hold Onto Your Seats, The New Sherman Collection Has Arrived!

Available now, the Sherman Collection is an exploration of form and color that expertly blurs the lines between industrial style and a new era of modern American design.

7 Budget-Friendly Restaurant Chairs

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get stylish and quality restaurant chairs. And we have seven chairs to prove it. Below, you’ll find our favorite budget-friendly dining chairs that are nothing short on style—and all start under $400 list.

Things Designers Know: Restaurant Chair Height, Table and Chair Distance & More

To create a comfortable and functional restaurant, details like the standard restaurant chair height and the distance between the seat and bar should never be overlooked. These basic (yet vital) seating and table questions are answered below. Consider this your ultimate guide to restaurant furniture and sizing.

Restaurant Branding: The Best Merch in the Industry Right Now

Restaurant merchandise is nothing new, but it’s starting to become a lot cooler. Take it from brands like Sweetgreen and &pizza. They know good merch can double as free advertisement and additional revenue, but it can also be a way to increase customer loyalty. 

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!

Rare Sighting: Minimalist Magic at Coffee for Sasquatch

In less than a year since it’s been open, Coffee for Sasquatch has made big waves in the design world. With the distinctions of 2017 honoree in Interior Design magazine and 2018 finalist in Architizer’s Design Awards already under its belt, this hip Los Angeles coffee shop designed by Dan Brunn Architecture has made quite the name for itself. So what’s the big deal? Here’s why so many people (including us!) love this magical coffee shop.

White Oak Is Having a Moment

Everyone, White Oak is having a moment. This is not your mother’s kitchen from 1984I promise. In fact, this classic American hardwood is being served up in a  sophisticated, subtle way across the commercial design landscape. From trendy retail stores to modern restaurants, White Oak is white hot, and we don’t see it burning out anytime soon. Here are our favorite White Oak looks and trends.

Create the Perfect Palette with Color Finder

Branding is a long, hard process, but in today’s cluttered market of startups, new businesses, and entrepreneurs, it’s an important one to get right. A well-designed brand often seems effortless. Color is just a part of branding, and it’s a vital one, as it can catch and keep our attention just as well or better than a great logo or slogan. Our Color Finder service is designed to help you build a great brand—no hassle included.

Color, Art & Industrial Barstools in Atlanta's Brightest Restaurant

The coolest restaurant in Atlanta is not a restaurant. In fact, it’s a small 14-seat stall in Atlanta’s hot Krog Street Market called Recess. Recess is bursting with color and a healthy dose of  pop art. It’s a restaurant design that’s so well executed, you may find yourself specifying bold and bright colors, too. 

Our 5 Favorite Brady Installations

The Brady Collection can be seen in everything from fast casual restaurants to chic offices. Brady’s design is simple and straightforward, making it the kind of product that can be easily placed in most commercial spaces. So, in honor of one of our most versatile collections, we rounded up five of our favorite Brady installations to date.

A Restaurant Design Rooted in Good 

We know, you hear it all the time, “It’s more than a burger joint, it’s an experience.” With over 50,000 burger restaurants in the country, it’s no wonder our palates are fatigued. Slap on some reclaimed  wood, hang a neon sign, and offer a juicy burger, and you have the burger joint starter kit. But, just as I was giving up on the better burger saga, my eyes, mouth, and heart were opened to a new restaurant called Brome Modern Eatery.

How We Make Our Tables

Edge grain, butcher block, random plank... what are these and what’s the difference? Since there are so many ways to construct a table, we wanted to bring some clarity to this topic. Below we outline common solid wood table constructions and how they are applied to our tables.

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. 

An Inviting & Industrial Brewery Design

If you live in Austin and don’t have any plans this Friday night, I think I may have the spot for you. And if you’re just a big fan of great interior or restaurant design, well, I also have the post for you.

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