The Case For Modern Restaurant Furniture

by Dean Jeffery

While traditional design will always hold a special place in our hearts, we know that change is always on the horizon.This is particularly true when it comes to restaurant furniture design. While traditional furniture, with it’s dark woods and bulkiness, will always have its place, modern restaurant furniture has made a place for itself in restaurants (and in our hearts). And for good reason.

There are a number of reasons that simple, modern furniture is pushing the intricate designs of traditional pieces into the history books. Here are few instances when modern will get you the look and feel you need in your dining space.

When You Want To Focus Attention
Because modern furniture is simple and understated, it doesn’t steal attention. While the elaborate designs of traditional furniture were intended to be the focal point of rooms or establishments, the clean lines and elegant simplicity of modern designs promote cohesion between the design elements of a space, rather than competition. Modern restaurant furniture won’t pull attention from enticing food, intriguing aesthetics, unique murals or carefully chosen art.

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(Photography: Estelle Judah)

When You Have Limited Space
Given its generally smaller footprint, modern furniture is great for making the most out of limited space. Modern furniture often features armless chairs and delicate steel tubing which sheds unnecessary bulk, making it easy to adapt to small spaces. Another bonus feature: a smaller footprint also allows you to seat more guests.

When You Want to Get Creative
Since modern furniture is not typically made of the heavy, dark woods of the past, but a combination of wood and steel, it’s easier to customize. Mixed materials offer an endless amount of finish combinations (think vibrant powder coated red with milky wood seat or heavily distressed wood with a shiny clear coat). This type of furniture allows you to make a statement or simply blend into the background.
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When You Want High Energy
Restaurants, especially quick serve and fast casual spaces, need to evoke a sense of energy and enthusiasm. Backless barstools are the epitome of a simple, modern piece. They’re ideal for spaces that invite you to socialize and get in and out quickly. But don’t disregard them as a comfortable place to sit--footrests and saddled or scooped seats add extra comfort.

When You Want a Nod to the Traditional
While it’s always design forward, modern furniture will often pay tribute to its traditional roots. Hugh, a modern windsor chair is the perfect example of when old meets news, and when it works. This modern version of a classic has been stripped of its Windsor frills to give it that simple, clean  look. A perfect combination of modern lines and traditional comfort, Hugh proves that great style never dies.

Don’t mistake modern furniture for just another trend. Because of its versatility and adaptable designs, the features of modern restaurant furniture are standing the test of time and taking their place in the history books of design.

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