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.  

Wood Goods: Our Favorite Wood Chairs Right Now

Nothing beats the smooth finish of a classic wood restaurant chair when you want a timeless look. And nothing beats the durability and elegance of beech, oak, or walnut when you want class sans the stuffiness.

The People of GR Chair: Rhoda Nielsen

Rhoda Nielsen normally starts her day around two in the morning. As a zone leader in the upholstery section of the Grand Rapids Chair Company plant floor, she not only arrives an hour before the rest of her team, but faces a 45-minute drive to work everyday.

Installation Eye Candy: Little Octopus

We’ll just come out and say it: Little Octopus is one of our favorite installations to date. Soft colors, a mix of natural and luxe textures, and a colorful, veggie-forward menu creates a recipe for success (and, not surprisingly, a very Instagrammable space). Take a look at its design to see what makes this restaurant so special.

4 Reasons Residential Furniture Fails in Commercial Spaces

Dangerous furniture is lurking in restaurants all around the world.

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.

Perfect Pairings for Fine Dining

Fine dining is all about the details.

Microsoft’s Newest Corporate Cafe

When Microsoft decided to redesign their employee cafeteria, Cafe 36,

This Spring, Bring Your Inside Style, Outside

It’s the time of year that all restaurant-goers (at least those in the Midwest) eagerly anticipate

Everything You Need to Know About Our Tables, In One Post

You may have noticed in our recent posts that we’ve talked a lot about restaurant dining tables. We’ve covered everything from how to care for wood tables to some fun facts about our processes. It was a lot of table information. We thought we would recap some of our most helpful and interesting table posts.

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.

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