We're Heading to the Fast Casual Executive Summit to Learn and Connect (and Eat, of Course!)

At Grand Rapids Chair, we love to connect with other restaurant leaders so we can learn and grow together. This year, we are proud to be partnering as a sponsor for the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Dana Point, California on October 9-11th. 

How to Create a More Social Restaurant

When we’re talking about restaurants and being social, we used to envision spaces that welcome conversations with comfortable areas to gather and enjoy each other's company.

How To Order Custom Colors and Stains

A little oomph, zing, spice, and personality. We’re all about product differentiation at Grand Rapids Chair, and sometimes that means using a custom color.

The Breakdown of Restaurant Barstool Options

Seating is one of the most critical elements of restaurant design, and bar stools are a key component of the spaces where guests will sit and enjoy your tasty appetizers and yummy cocktails.

The Balancing Act: Using Modern and Classic Restaurant Furniture Together

Modern restaurant design draws you in with its  clean lines and simplistic elements. Classic choices keep things comfortable and familiar. But how do you create designs that embody both modern appeal but with that all-important classic warmth?

Hot and Ready: Bentwood Quick Ship Program + FAQ

The idea is simple, great designs, delivered faster! Few restaurant chairs have stood the test of time quite like the Bentwood No. 18 and No. 150, which is why we're so excited to introduce the Bentwood Quick Ship Program.

Fast Food Interior Design Through the Years: McDonald’s

Fast food restaurants have been with us since 1919, when A&W opened its doors here in the US for the first time. Since then, these easy and somewhat sinful quick stops have grown to become a 570 billion dollar industry. But in order to remain such a staple of our lives, they’ve had to conform their interior designs to please the changing needs and demands of their evolving customers.

Restaurant Tables: Cast Iron vs. Steel Table Bases

Tables bases rarely get any of the credit. Most fanfare is put squarely on the table tops. But let’s think about this. Table bases play a vital role in the overall design and durability of a restaurant. A table base—rather 20 bases—can make or break the success of a busy dining space.

What’s on the Horizon in Restaurant Chair Design?

Leading restaurant chains today know the importance of keeping their business up-to-date or even a step ahead of the current design trends. And while you might first think of the wall colors, decor, and lighting, the restaurant’s chairs are also an essential element of the overall aesthetics and feeling of the spaces.

One Chair, Three Restaurant Designs: Part One

Move over Tolix, there’s a new industrial chair in town. And, it’s a bit more polished, sophisticated, and versatile than any other industrial chair available.

The Best Barbecue Restaurant Design

In honor of summer and barbecue (a glorious combination at that), we gathered our favorite barbecue restaurant designs, all with a common theme: masculine and rustic.

Rethinking Restaurant Furniture With the Harper Collection

Picture a fast-food restaurant chair. Odds are, you’re thinking of something durable and something unsophisticated. “Meticulously designed” is a description likely to be left out.

The Inspiration for Look Book Vol. 2

We recently sat down with the creative genius behind Look Book Vol. 1 and the new Look Book Vol. 2 (which you can download here), Lindsay Jones, to discuss what influenced her, what are the next big trends in restaurant design, and where she finds inspiration.

NeoCon 2016: A Celebration of People and Design

Ah, NeoCon. It seems like every year goes by in a blur. Between the new collections, familiar faces, fantastic parties, and beautiful design, it can be difficult to take everything in just three short days. So, in case you didn't make it to Suite 394 or NeoCon 2016, we created a quick recap to share our experience.

Looking to the Past for New Product Inspiration - Interview with John Kaloustian

In preparation for NeoCon, I got the chance to talk with industrial designer, John Kaloustian, about his latest seating collection for Grand Rapids Chair, called Reece.

Restaurant Design Trend: The Modern Windsor Chair

What’s that quote? “Everything old is new again.”

Design-It-Yourself Custom Laminate From Formica

Creating a great brand experience in your client’s quick serve or fast casual restaurant comes down to the details, and for years we’ve been in awe of the beautifully creative wall murals and bold flooring choices that have dominated the scene.  Thanks to technology there are more ways than ever to create personalized products for your interior , one of our favorite products being custom designed laminate table tops.

3 Ways To Make Vinyl Look Sexy

There are so many advantages to using vinyl. It’s affordable, easy-to-clean, and requires little maintenance for the restaurants and chains. But, we rarely talk about vinyl’s aesthetic advantages. (I know what you’re thinking—are there any?) The answer is yes! Lately, we’ve seen a plethora of vinyl furniture that’s made us do a double take, and we wanted to share the inspiration.

Table Side Tech Trends

Consumer-facing technology in restaurants, including quick-serve and fast casual environments, used to mean a solo digital sign informing us how many billions of cheeseburgers have been sold or if fries were added to the value menu.

Shades of Hugh: The New Wood Restaurant Chair

Make it mint. Play it safe with natural wood. Or go classic with black. Anyway you paint it or stain it, the Hugh Chair won’t disappoint.

Craving Color? How To Pull Off Pantone’s Color of the Year With Restaurant Furniture

For the first time ever, Pantone has awarded the title of “Color of the Year” to two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. The blending of these two colors creates a perfect harmony by balancing the warmer hues of Rose Quartz with the cool, tranquility of Serenity.

Better Than LVL: Our 2 Best Table Alternatives

As some of you may have heard, we culled LVL tables. LVL, or laminated veneer lumber, is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives. While beautiful, the product did not perform to our standards.

Modern Restaurant Furniture, Meet This Designer

Industrial designer and West Michigan native Joey Ruiter teamed up with Grand Rapids Chair Company for the third consecutive year for a bold new take on modern restaurant furniture, the Leo Collection.

How to Choose A Restaurant Furniture Manufacturer

You’ve opened several restaurants only to find your chairs split, crack, and break. Or perhaps they’re noisy and cumbersome, not user-friendly to your staff or customers. These situations pose a myriad of problems, from major safety hazards to cleaning difficulties to customer dissatisfaction.

Meet Sadie: 3 Reasons Why We Love This Modern Restaurant Chair

Launched in 2014 and designed by Joey Ruiter, this collection of modern restaurant chairs and barstools has quickly become a favorite among interior designers. Staying true to Joey Ruiter’s minimal approach to design and functionality, the Sadie Collection balances the modern aesthetic with delicate notes of classical design influence.

​5 Gorgeous Cafe Chairs

Ah, the cafe. A place to relax, sip espresso, and gaze out into the world through your tortoise shell sunglasses. Or, if you’re like me, furiously trying to connect to Wi-Fi while guarding the only outlet on that side of the cafe.

3 Essentials For Fast Casual Furniture

Fast casual restaurants have found a sweet spot in the market by making the dine-in experience fresh again. Millennials flock to restaurants with Instagram-worthy wall murals and swoon over graphic tiles, but creating a dining experience that is memorable, especially within the fast casual segment, takes more than that.

Modern Restaurant Furniture: Best Trends in Backless Barstools

Backless barstools have come a long way from the bolted down, vinyl top, retro barstools of yesteryear. The backless barstool is a now a go-to for modern restaurant furniture. They can be seen everywhere from organic juice bars to revamped burger chains.

Maharam's Take On Budget-Friendly Fabrics: 4M Fabrics

Here at GR Chair, we're tickled pink over beautiful fabrics. So, when we went to spec fabric for our Molly Collection, we wanted something a little luxurious yet durable and economical. Naturally, we turned to Maharam, a leader in modern performance textiles. We selected Maharam's 4M fabrics.

How To Pick The Perfect Barstool

Are you on the cusp of opening a new restaurant or bar? Or maybe you’re remodeling your current space. Either way, selecting the perfect barstool can be quite overwhelming. If you’ve found yourself lost in the black hole of inspiration that is Pinterest and your search for the perfect barstool is starting to resemble Goldilocks’ quest for the perfect porridge, then you’ve found yourself in the right place. Here are the top six factors to consider when looking to outfit your dining space with durable and stylish bar stools.