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.

Perfect Pairings: Table Chair Combos for All Heights

The right table height in a restaurant can mean the difference between a comfortable dining experience and scooching your way through a meal. But having the right table height also means having the right chair.

Can't Be Tamed: Our New Outdoor Chair

We’re taking our design out into the wild. And by wild, we mean sun-drenched patios with unlimited margaritas.

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. 

3 Facts About Our Solid Wood Tables

At Grand Rapids Chair, we take great pride in making sure we exceed expectations

Caring for Wood Tables

Wood tables are an easy and durable choice

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

Which Table Is Right For you?

There are many decisions that accompany the redesign or opening of a restaurant.

Now Trending: Solid Wood Tables With A Twist

Reclaimed wood has been trending in restaurants large and small for nearly a decade. What was once an amazing branding story, has started to cross over into that overused realm of design. It seems to have lost that depth that once defined it.

4 Questions to Ask Your Restaurant Furniture Manufacturer

Furniture is the centerpiece of today’s restaurants.

How to Use Hand-Crafted Materials in Restaurant Design

When you're designing a restaurant, the term "hand-crafted" is a common phrase.