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.

Restaurant Design Trends of 2017

Welcome to 2017! As we embrace the New Year, we like to take some time to look ahead at what trends are on the horizon in restaurant design. Here are some of the best trends we’re already embracing for 2017.

3 Tips for Pairing Restaurant Tables and Chairs

Picture your favorite sandwich. It has just the right combination of fresh bread with your favorite deli meats, topped with all your favorite fixin’s like crisp lettuce and ripe tomato. When you bite into it, the combination of ingredients makes your heart leap with joy until the very last bite.

Design or Durability? Why Not Choose Both?

Design or durability. Do you have to choose between one or the other? Absolutely not, and you shouldn’t. It's easy to experience the benefits of both by working with a quality furniture provider and remaining flexible to your design plans.

The Hunger Games: Restaurants vs. Grocery stores

Grocery stores fight for survival as the restaurant industry captures more of American’s spending than food retails for the first time in recorded history.

Foundry & Lux, A Casual Yet Chic Restaurant Complex

San Francisco's food scene is a dynamic celebration of cultlure, 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.

Unique Brands Deserve a Unique Interior

Successful brands have one thing in common: a strong brand identity, because at the end of the day, a burger is just a burger and a pizza is just another pizza. When trying to build a strong brand culture that will propel your restaurant to the next level, create a powerful customer experience that will stand out and empower your customers to live, breathe, and eat your brand’s culture. 

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!