Looking to the Past for New Product Inspiration – Interview with John Kaloustian

John Kaloustian

In preparation for NeoCon, I got the chance to talk with industrial designer, John Kaloustian, about his latest seating collection for Grand Rapids Chair, called Reece. Kaloustian, an accomplished industrial designer from Detroit, designed Reece for commercial dining spaces. Reece features a separate wood seat and back, steel frame, and exposed mechanisms like bolts and […]

Restaurant Design Trend: The Modern Windsor Chair

Windsor Chair 18th Century

What’s that quote? “Everything old is new again.” Like most of us that follow design trends, we know that style obsessions wax, wane, and ultimately get replaced every season. Good design, however, always stands the test of time. Like white walls and Bentwood Chairs, their existence can be traced throughout history and their impact across cultural lines. […]

Design-It-Yourself Custom Laminate From Formica

Custom Laminate Design Using Formica Envisualizer Tool

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 […]

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 […]

Table Side Tech Trends

tableside 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. Since those early days of integration, technology has not only revolutionized the back-end systems of restaurant operation in regards […]

Shades of Hugh: The New Wood Restaurant Chair

hugh restaurant chair

Make it mint. Play it safe with natural wood. Or go classic with black. Anyway you paint it or stain it, the Hugh Chair won’t disappoint. Hugh is a Windsor-style wood restaurant chair. It’s the wood dining chair every restaurant and cafe wants needs. Why? That’s easy; it’s just the right amount of design, coupled […]

Better Than LVL: Our 2 Best Table Alternatives

solid wood table top

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. This cull was put into effect April 4, 2016. But as the saying goes, […]

Modern Restaurant Furniture, Meet This Designer

Leo Armchair by Joey Ruiter

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. Always ahead of the curve, this rising star of the industrial design world won a Best of NeoCon Gold award just two years […]

How to Choose A Restaurant Furniture Manufacturer

You’ve opened several restaurants only to find your chairs split, crack, and break. Or perhaps they’re noisy and cumbersome, not user-friendly to your staff or customers. These situations pose a myriad of problems, from major safety hazards to cleaning difficulties to customer dissatisfaction. You’ve established the need for new restaurant furniture. But, it’s more than […]