4 Things to Consider Before Buying New Restaurant Furniture

Planning a new restaurant is a hectic process. With menus, staffing, inspections, suppliers, and more on your to-do list, it’s easy to lose track of everything that needs to be done. Even with all the logistics to work out, it’s critical to keep the design of the dining room in your mind - and your budget. The look of your space is one of the first impressions your restaurant makes on its customers, and combining good food with a great environment can turn the experience from satisfying to fantastic.

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.

In The Hot Seat: 3 Questions With Jill Frey

For a restaurant, good food and great service go hand-in-hand. It's rare to find a restaurant that can thrive, let alone survive, without mastering both of those qualities. Being a restaurant furniture manufacturer, we share a similar fate.  Speaking with Jill Frey, vice president of marketing and customer experience, learn how Grand Rapids Chair Company balances that delicate combination of refreshing product designs and a dedication to fast, friendly service. 

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.

NCPA & Grand Rapids Chair Company

As purchasing contracts become more convulated and budgets dwindle, university designers and purchasers are often faced with the daunting task of finding the right furniture with the right contract.  Cue NCPA, a nationally vetted, free, and reliable purchasing agreement designed to save you time and money. 

The Inspiration Behind LookBook Vol. 3

Our LookBook Vol. 3 is now available, and we think it's our best yet.  Dramatically different than our previous installments, this LookBook is dripping in rich color, texture, and story. In honor of our best yet, we sat down with Lindsay Jones, designer, resident cool girl, and creative genius behind LookBook Volumes 1, 2, and now 3Learn about what places and spaces inspired the LookBook, how color informs her work, and what restaurants should never include in their design.

Building a Better Aluminum Chair

Aluminum has been widely used as a go-to seating material for many years. It's no surprise as its lightweight and durable properties make it a natural fit for dining spaces. What you may not know is that properly building and finishing an aluminum chair is comparable to woodworking, requiring a deft hand to grind, shape, contour, and blend each joint and creating that signature brushed pattern.

Introducing the Brooke Collection

If you’ve been searching for an affordable and modern wood seating collection with versatility, the wait is over. Meet our new Brooke Collection, the pare-down wood seating essential made for busy and beautiful dining spaces.

4 Restaurant Design Trends With Serious Staying Power

Design trends can seem to come and go like the wind, with modern elements making their way in, only to be viewed as a dated concept just a short while later. Because of this, finding a restaurant design style that can stand the test of time might seem like a daunting task. That’s why we rounded up four trends in furniture and design that will never get old.

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.

A Grocery Store’s Saving Grace: The Groceraunt

There’s a lot of buzz happening in the world of groceraunts these days, specifically with Amazon’s most recent purchase of Whole Foods. With that acquisition, it’s clear grocers need to establish their relevance and importance to today’s savvy, time-sensitive shopper who can get almost anything delivered right to their doorstep. So, what’s a grocery store to do to increase sales and foot-traffic?

Top Picks for fast casual Restaurant Chairs

There are three ingredients for a successful fast casual restaurant: fresh food, transparent sourcing, and modern design. Consumers have come to expect this recipe, and not meeting expectations can mean closed doors. While we can’t speak to menus and messages, we can help you find the perfect fast casual furniture. The right furniture, specifically seating, can play a major role in defining the space and making the entire dining experience more enjoyable. So, to make it as easy as pie, we hand-picked our favorite chairs for fast casual restaurants.

Spotted: Family-Fun Served On a Bun

Hat Creek Burger began with a food truck and a guy with a fierce passion for good burgers. So, restaurant design was a bit of a new endeavor when developing the brick-and-mortar locations in the Austin, Texas, area. But one thing was for sure, this burger chain put a family-friendly atmosphere at the forefront to complement their simple, tasty menu of American classics.

5 Restaurants with Gorgeous Wood Seating

You know a delicious dining experience doesn’t just involve the cuisine, but also the ambiance that surrounds it. Today’s diners are coming to expect warm and modern atmospheres from all types of commercial dining spaces. Because of this, restaurant designers are finding ways to harmonize the menu and design using wood furniture.

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. 

Spotted: Finger Licking Good Design

Currently, there are more than 50 chicken restaurant chains in existence. Holy cow, I mean, chicken. With stiff competition, one of the easiest and proven ways to get customers in the door (and coming back) is through design. Meet Flyrite, the brand that’s ruling the roost in design and branding. From the futuristic exterior, to the industrial interior, to the seamless digital branding, Flyrite shows us that qsr’s become a whole lot more memorable when paired with great design.

International Menus & Modern Restaurant Designs

From Latin to Asian and a variety of African cuisines and beyond, the ability to deviate from the traditional American fare is now just a short mobile search away. Better yet, the designs of these restaurants are exciting— weaving in their culture through color, materials, and furniture.  

The Art of Subtle Branding in Restaurant Design

When you walk into a restaurant, you may see it - branding elements at virtually every level. Whether it’s an garishly large logo or a picture montage of the founder, some stores never want you to forget where you are. While in-your-face signage and messaging can improve brand recognition, it can add a jarring element to the design and experience. Often, the best kind of restaurant design and branding is subtle, revealing more about the brand's story with each new visit. 

3 Trends to Try in Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor restaurants are not only a great place to refresh with a cool drink, but they also provide a relaxing new retreat for taking in the sights and sounds of the warm summer season. This year, many restaurant patios are looking a little different thanks to transformations that encourage the patrons to stay (and sip) a little longer. Here are some of the leading trends in outdoor furniture.

Need Furniture Fast? That’s No Problem With Quick Ship

Putting together a new space requires a lot of planning, and it’s easy to get behind. Luckily, there’s no need to worry. You can still get amazing modern restaurant furniture in some of our most popular styles, even if you run out of time to order.

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. 

Modern Restaurant Designs: The New Taqueria

When someone asks you to describe a Mexican restaurant, you might think of design elements like sombreros or pinatas or primary colors. However, over the last few years, we’ve seen an evolution in taqueria and Mexican restaurant design with restaurants focusing on non-traditional color schemes. Here are a few of the taquerias leading the way in design.

Introducing the Latest in Restaurant Seating: The New Slim Sadie

If you’re hunting for a restaurant seating option that encapsulates durability and playfulness, Joey Ruiter’s latest design for our Sadie Collection is one you won’t want to miss. Our Sadie II takes everything you loved from the original Sadie (design, originality, mixed materials), and offers slimmer proportions. Sadie II’s new svelte silhouette perfectly meets the needs of a busy restaurant, while still offering the modern simplicity you crave.

Inside a Dreamy, Modern Food Court

Featuring a bright white industrial space, the Charleston food court, Workshop, could feel sterile or even hokey—but it doesn’t.

Our 5 Favorite Hurdle Installations

The Hurdle Collection has crisscrossed the globe, finding its way in everything from stunning casual cafes to modern co-working spaces. This playfully minimal collection lends a sophisticated informality, punching up almost any design. It has an uncanny ability to stand out and blend in all at the same time. And now, Hurdle can be yours. Through an exclusive partnership with the collection’s designers, Dowel Jones, the entire Hurdle line is available to order.

Restaurant Design Makeover: Food Courts

You may already have experienced the new style of food courts, but didn’t recognize it at the first glance. That’s because it’s masked in unique decor, delectable dishes, and visual interest like never before. Gone are the days of the stiff, white trays and servers in hair nets—a new day has dawned in the cafeteria and food court world, and it’s known as a food hall.

Higher Education Design 5,000 Feet Above The Rest

When you step inside one of the three buildings that make up Aggie Village on Colorado State University's campus, you might be shocked to realize you’re standing in student housing. The bright, open space spotted with pool tables, plush lounging areas, and sleek kitchen spaces is more reminiscent of a modern, millennial office space than a college dorm.

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.

I Spy Series: Design, Bitches

In our new 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.

Behind the Design: Meet Tim Stoepker

Meet the designer behind the Brooke Collection, Tim Stoepker. The Brooke Collection symobolizes our desire to work with local designers to bring unique, well-designed products to market.