Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2018

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5 4 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 2018 PRODUCT GUIDE FURNITURE T rending: 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 con•dently say that tastes are becoming more sculptural and minimal. Three must haves: Comfort, •exibility and functionality. As food and bever- age spaces continue to be more social, people spend more and more time in res- taurants, bars, lounges and other spaces, so comfort and •exibility remain critical. Current obsession: There are so many amazing furniture pieces in the world, which makes it dif•cult to pick just one chair or a speci•c 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 furni- ture selection. It's deeply integrated with the culture, aesthetic and ergonomics. Those three elements are the guiding principles to selecting restaurant furni- ture 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. Industrial Meets Modern American Designed by Tim Stoepker of Filter Studio, the Sherman Collection uses material and color play to create a versatile collection, which includes chairs, counter stools and bar stools. The focal point comes from graphic lines created when the powder-coated steel legs intersect with horizontal molded plywood panels. The upholstered seat adds another layer of texture. The made-to-order Sherman Collection (4- to 6-week lead time) is available in a range of colors and •n- ishes and is backed by a 10-year structural warranty. Grand Rapids Chair Company Sleek, Windsor-Inspired Chairs Designed by O&G Studio, the Touisset Chair series is designed speci•cally for commercial and hospitality applications. Available in two models, with or without arms, the collection features a sleek, streamlined silhouette inspired by the form of the classic American Windsor chair. Its hand-carved seat and understated detailing allow both models to •t in a range of environments. Constructed out of solid ash hardwood, the Touisset comes in any of the studio's 19 signature stains. O&G Studio Designer Insights: Keiko Matsumoto, Senior Designer & Kevin Tyjer, Project Designer, Wilson Associates

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