Seeking integrity AND longevity: new industrial seating
This year we have seen the industrial palette become a permanent fixture in commercial interiors and no longer a ‘fad’ or ‘trend’, this could be due, in no small part, to the dominance of casual dining and the public’s unfaltering demand for laid-back eateries with integrity and style.
The materials under the ‘industrial’ umbrella vary widely, from concrete to scaffolding, piping, brick and metal – all bringing a different texture and colour to the interior-mix.
Now, the once ‘trend’ has matured to a firm staple for designers who are looking for more ways to achieve stunning interior spaces with a wider, more adventurous, palette. However the dominance of this trend has resulted in the popularity of some chair models which compromise on durability and comfort. This isn’t a huge issue for the quick service restaurant (QSR) market, as a fast turnaround on covers for busy patron’s means they don’t need to get comfortable, but for most pubs and restaurants, longevity is key, not only in turns of how long the customer stays but how long the chair can last.
Our customer development team had this in mind this year whilst sourcing new products at Salone del Mobile and amongst the dozens of new additions to our range, we have two industrial contract dining chair designs which are designed with comfort and durability in mind. They add to the Uniq and Susy range, each with distressed finishes. The Uniq White Vintage Farmhouse Chair – combines the classic features of the Windsor, such as a saddle seat with a modern RAL finish and metal spindles and the Susy Distressed Skid Chair – a new variation on the Susy, with a ‘H’ supported robust skid base for ease of movement.