Designer Insights: Keiko Matsumoto, Senior Designer & Kevin Tyjer, Project Designer, Wilson Associates
Trending: The recent interior design trend divides into two extremes. One is minimalism, which celebrates combinations of vivid colors and patterns with a bold and ornate architectural idea. There’s also an upshot of a very warm and earthy materials palette, with tones of a similar color range (tone on tone). We can trace this back to advertising by retail brands, such as in clothing and luggage. Looking at interiors, clothing, and product trends, we can confidently say that tastes are becoming more sculptural and minimal.
Three must haves: Comfort, flexibility and functionality. As food and beverage spaces continue to be more social, people spend more and more time in restaurants, bars, lounges and other spaces, so comfort and flexibility remain critical.
Current obsession: There are so many amazing furniture pieces in the world, which makes it difficult to pick just one chair or a specific furnishing style. But most of the time, we love comfortable, timeless furniture, which is more of a European approach (i.e., less disposable!).
Bottom line: There are no old or new rules or guidelines for restaurant furniture selection. It’s deeply integrated with the culture, aesthetic and ergonomics. Those three elements are the guiding principles to selecting restaurant furniture that will elevate the space, enhance the atmosphere and last. The key is integrating durable materials with well-constructed structure. Often, to achieve the desired end result, we custom design furniture — marrying our aesthetic with a durable structure.
Versatile, Modern Seating
With a streamlined design, Aceray’s Molto collection suits hospitality interiors from dining rooms to bar and counter areas to lounge spaces. The collection features seats and backs with subtle curves that provide comfort and a minimalist outline. Style Molto using standard or custom finishes. Seating options in the collection include side chairs, counter stools (traditional or swivel), lounge chairs and loveseats.
Ideal for outdoor dining, food courts and pool areas, the Uptown features a contoured polypropylene seat and back. These side chairs are stackable to six high and come in six tones. The Uptown’s durable construction means it will hold up to harsh weather and high-traffic usage season after season, per the maker.
Collaborative FLOAT Collection
The result of a collaboration between Dutch East Design and Jamie Stern Furniture, Carpet & Leather, the FLOAT Collection consists of soft, rounded chairs and barstools supported on understated legs designed to express the negative space between the furniture and the ground. Each of the styles can be upholstered in Jamie Stern leather or the customer’s own material. The welded steel frames come in tones of painted steel in black, white and brass.
Dutch East Design
86 Wobbly Tables
FLAT Tech table bases use a hydraulic design that allows tables to adjust to uneven flooring. The bases allow staff to quickly and easily align multiple tables for larger parties with a lift or press on adjacent tabletops. Multiple base designs are available to complement specific decor and/or functional needs.
Vindi Stack Chair
Gasser’s new seating line Vindi is a stackable chair suitable for banquet, meeting and dining applications. Available in standard and custom powder-coated frame colors and multiple upholstery options. A proprietary cart moves stacks of 12 chairs. Frame-on-frame stacking helps conserve space. Chairs weigh 12.5 pounds to 14 pounds.
Gasser Chair Company
Custom Community Tables
Goebel & Co. Furniture offers solid-wood, handcrafted community tables that can be customized for any restaurant, brewpub or hospitality need. Shown here is The Brewers Table & Bench created for Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. This table features solid-wood construction and water-jet-cut, heat-textured steel corner plates embossed with the operation’s logo. The tables are available in 8-, 10- and 16-foot lengths, with matching benches, and with custom finish and surface options.
Goebel & Co. Furniture
The Playful Sir Burly
Initially conceived for a playground setting, Sir Burly bar- and counter-height stools have white oak seats, soft curves, and exaggerated steel tubes that lend a whimsical, playful form. The oversized, 2-inch steel tubing acts as a caricature of a traditional modern barstool, and the rounded details of the stool show the softer side of industrial design. The Sir Burly collection is made to order and comes in 30 standard powder-coat colors and 150 premium powder-coat colors.
Grand Rapids Chair Company
JI Table Bases
JI Bases offers cast-iron and stainless-steel table bases. Options include cross (or X), round, and three-pronged styles in cast iron in addition to square and cross in stainless steel. Other custom-order styles are available, too.
Jacobs International/JI Bases
Motivo Furniture pairs its Nicky seating collection and Cage table-base series. The contemporary metal frames in both collections come in three colors. Included in the Nicky seating group are arm, side and occasional chairs as well as a barstool with no-welt, single-stitch upholstery. Cage table bases are available in dining, end and coffee-/lounge-table styles.
The Lineation Collection features steel-accentuated angles for a bold appearance. Available in dining chair and barstool alternatives. Backless barstools are also available. Stainless-steel frame finish options include chrome plated, satin nickel chrome plated and satin brass.
Clean, Uncluttered Design
The HSC chairs are a family of seating solutions with clean lines, a carefully contoured shape and gently sloping arms. Chairs feature a wide seat and backrest as well as integral lumbar support. The HSC is available in three base designs: wood legs, steel legs and a rolling swivel base.
Archibald for Dining
The Archibald dining chair is Jean-Marie Massaud’s reinterpretation of the original Archibald chair. The chair’s shell and armrests are made from molded rigid polyurethane, while the internal padding consists of soft molded polyurethane and polyester wadding. The four-legged base is made from solid ash with a Wenge or Moka stain. Upholstery options include Pelle Frau leather with contrast stitching or fabric.
Contemporary Booth Seating
Shelby Williams’ Chelsea line of booth seating features a wood base that traces the perimeter to create a warm, upscale appearance. Chelsea booth upholstery options can include standard plain back, button, deep tufting or X stitch. With no top cap framing the fabric as part of the back design, the fabric flows over the tops and sides of the booths.
Samuelson Furniture’s customizable side chair features a solid walnut frame and exposed metal detail on the seat rim. Customize the upholstered seat and back using various textiles. Choose from more than a dozen alternative wood finishes to match other pieces or complement a desired design aesthetic.
Retro Form, Stackable Function
The Stackable Elm Wood Chair from Superior Seating is constructed from hand-selected elm. Available in antique walnut or black finish and a variety of vinyl or fabric upholstery choices, the chair features a retro, elbow-style back. Suitable for use in casual and high-end dining establishments. Arrives fully assembled.
The Santa Elena
The Workshop Co-Op offers the Santa Elena chair collection. Crafted of solid oak, it’s available in oil-finished oak or in color-block finish, such as black or eggshell seat and back with oil-finished legs. Custom finish options are available, and it comes with armrests or without. The chair measures 32.4 inches high, 20.7 inches deep and 23.2 inches wide and weighs 15 pounds.
The Workshop Co-Op