Design or Durability? Why Not Choose Both?

Design or durability. Do you have to choose 

5 Tips to Modernize Your University Cafeteria

1. Specify furniture with clean lines and modern finishes
2. Integrate power into your tables for connectivity
3. Create purposeful breakout zones
4. Be bold with color choices
5. Use furniture pieces with flexible uses 

The Hunger Games: Restaurants vs. Grocery stores

Grocery stores fight for survival

Meet Tilly: Our New, Modern Wood Seating Collection

Created by Austrian designer, Robert Stadler, 

Chair U: Our Favorite Higher Ed Installations

It’s no secret that higher education dining spaces need durable furniture. With some cafeterias and student unions operating 24/7, the term “high-use” is an understatement.

Foundry & Lux, A Casual Yet Chic Restaurant Complex

San Francisco's food scene is a dynamic celebration of culture, innovation, and comfort-foods. Foundry & Lux is no exception to the list of great places to grab a quick bite to eat in the area, and maybe make a new connection.

Picking the Right Restaurant Furniture for Your Concept

When starting on a new restaurant design, there’s a seemingly endless list

Unique Brands Deserve a Unique Interior

Successful brands have one thing in common:

Restaurant Design Ideas: How to Do Rustic Without Dating Your Restaurant

One of the restaurant design ideas many owners are gravitating to

Spotted: An Elegant Take on a Brewpub

Being from Beer City U.S.A., we have a special fondness for breweries. We’re excited to have our Sadie restaurant chairs featured in the newest brewpub to stake its claim in our hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Enter The Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery.

Striking the Right Balance With Restaurant Furniture Planning

When opening a new restaurant, the potential seating layouts available might seem endless, with each option looking better than the last possible combination. 

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 maintain great 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), 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.”