How to Use Hand-Crafted Materials in Restaurant Design

When you're designing a restaurant, the term "hand-crafted" is a common phrase. While it may sound good, what does "hand-crafted" actually mean in regards to construction and longevity of restaurant furniture? And what can you do to incorporate these quality products into your design themes without busting your budget?

Memorable Restaurant Design Throughout the Years

From those classic diners of the 50s to the bold and vibrant restaurants of the 80s, restaurant design has changed tremendously over the last 75 years. And while today we see more modern and simplistic design elements, we still like to occasionally reminisce about some of the restaurant designs we once loved. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites: 

In the Hot Seat: 5 Questions with Dean Jeffery

After a successful year working with some high-profile chains (Chipotle, Wendy’s, and Freshii to name a few), Grand Rapids Chair is primed and ready for even more heavyweight collaborations in 2017. Speaking with Dean Jeffery, director of marketing and new product development, we learned that Grand Rapids Chair’s success and partnerships can be credited to pushing design and durability in a fresh, new direction.

In the Hot Seat: 7 Questions with President Geoff Miller

We sat down with Geoff Miller, president of Grand Rapids Chair Company, to find out what makes this company so great! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

​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.

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!

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.

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!