One Chair, Three Restaurant Designs: Part One

by Andrea Reynolds

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.

Reece, designed by John Kaloustian, is one of our newest collections. The collection was inspired by an old factory chair and features industrial characteristics like exposed fasteners and rubber disks.While its history may be rooted in industry, it doesn’t have to always look that way.

Reece is a chameleon of style. To prove that, we used our Visualizer Tool to create three custom specs to inspire three different restaurant designs. Feast your eyes on the umami of design.

organic-sandwhich.pngRestaurant Design: For this fast-casual chain, our goal was to let the fresh produce and natural ingredients shine. We kept the color palette neutral—using light, natural woods and crisp, bright whites. For texture, we opted for classic white subway tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern with natural solid wood table tops. For durability, we chose a polished grey cement floor. By keeping the palette neutral, we’re encouraging the naturally gorgeous food to take center stage. We can almost taste the massaged kale salad now!

Chair Specs:  Using our Visualizer Tool, this Reece Barstool used Grey White frame and Honey stain for the back and seat. Honey felt appropriate because it highlights the natural grain variation of the wood—a subtle way to reinforce this restaurant’s fresh, organic perspective. (And, full disclosure, Honey is also one of our favorite stains of all time.)
Table Specs: We chose the Spartan Table with a round solid wood top in Honey and an Ink Black base.

craft-coffee-shop.pngRestaurant Design: For our second look, we chose to to place the Reece Chair in a craft coffee shop. Think polished hipster—where unfinished and finished materials play together to create a curated yet casual vibe. Polished cement floors juxtapose raw plywood and sweet, white penny tiles contrast sophisticated black pendant lighting. All together, the look is cool without trying too hard.

Chair Specs:  The Reece Chair has an inherent studious look, making it a perfect match for a coffee shop. We specified this Reece Chair with an Ink Black frame, a Honey stain back, and an upholstered seat so guests could sip coffee and work longer. We accomplished this look with the  this again using the handy Visualizer Tool.

Table Specs: We also included the striking Dylan Communal Table that was designed with electrical and power capabilities in mind.

thai-noodle-house.pngRestaurant Design: For our last restaurant concept, we chose to place the Reece Barstool in a Thai Noodle House that has an urban, Asian feel. In Thai food, the ingredients are often simple, but packed with flavor. This concept reflects that attitude—minimal, spare, but featuring strong natural accents that provide loads of interest. The flavor of this restaurant design is found in the textural elements, like a wood wall with staggered lengths and densities, a white peg board, and textured cement floors.

Chair Specs: The Reece Barstool frame is finished in black with a dark Storm stain seat and back. We kept the finishes sleek and minimal as a way to connect and ground the space. Again, this look is available a la the Visualizer Tool.

Table Specs: We also used the durable and simple Spartan Table with solid wood table top and an Ink Black base.


These are just a few of our Reece musings – the spaces and combinations are endless with this collection. Do you have some ideas on how you would specify the Reece Collection? Head over to our Visualizer Tool to customize your colors, finishes, and upholstery exactly to your liking.