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.

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 and 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.

Welcome to Our New Website!

We hope you love the look and feel of the new website! It’s designed to be more image-friendly, mobile-friendly, and user-friendly. While some things have drastically changed, others areas have received minor improvements—like this blog. If you're a returning user, you’ll recognize some of our favorite posts, which are now easily accessible. If you're new, welcome!

Squeaky Clean: Commercial Furniture Cleaning Guide

What's that saying? Spills happen? Not only is this saying true for everyday domestic messes, but it's certainly true for restaurants, bars, and other public eating spaces.

Color Story: Orange

When dreaming up idyllic restaurant interiors, orange probably isn't the first color that comes to mind. But, this passion-filled color can make a bold statement in commercial dining spaces—when used appropriately.

GUIDE TO GLIDES

Seldom do we stop and think about the bottom of the chair or barstool. And no, I'm not talking about the bottom of the seat, but the bottom of the chair's legs. What am I talking about? Chair glides, of course! While not as glamorous as their chair-leg counterparts, glides play a crucial role in not only providing balance and grip to furniture, but also protecting your floors.

Trending: Modern Memphis

A Design History Lesson
The Milan-based Memphis Movement, founded by Ettore Sottsass in the early 1980s, was a reaction to the dull and drab designs of the 1970s. The Memphis Movement was a collective of young Italian furniture and product designers that celebrated a fluid and conceptual design approach. They played with mixing bright colors, bold patterns and irrational shapes and arrangements. The entire movement shouted liberation from the mountain tops as it recklessly abandoned the rationalism of "good design." Even though the group dismantled in the late 1980s, their influence is as strong today as it has ever been.

ICF & Wanted Design NYC

The 27th annual ICFF tradeshow concluded yesterday. The newly expanded show, which features over 700 exhibitors from around the globe displaying contemporary furniture, seating, carpets, lighting, wall coverings accessories, and more high-end interior products left us inspired and exhausted!

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