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: 

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

​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.

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.

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.

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!