While there is always a place for traditional furniture, we’re constantly aware that change is on the horizon. This is especially true with regards to cafe furniture design and while many cafes still embrace the dark wood and bulkiness of traditional furniture, there are several reasons why modern furniture has earned its place in Melbourne’s cafes too.
Here are a few circumstances where modern furniture will get you the look and feel you’re after in your cafe.
To focus attention
Modern furniture with its simple understated design doesn’t detract from its surroundings. Whereas more intricate traditional designs were intended to be a focal point of the room, the clean elegant lines of modern furniture blend effortlessly within a modern space and won’t take the attention away from carefully chosen artwork, intriguing aesthetics, enticing food, and one-of- a-kind murals.
When space is limited
Generally speaking, modern furniture is smaller and less bulky than traditional furniture which is why it’s a great choice if your cafe is limited in space. Boasting an array of armless chair styles and lightweight tubular frames, it allows you to shed bulk to fit more chairs into smaller spaces. Even better, more seating means you can accommodate more customers.
When you want to get your creative juices running
Since modern furniture is more often made from a combination of steel and wood rather than heavy dark woods of older traditional styles, it’s easier for manufacturers to create a variety of finishes. Think Tolix chairs with timber seats for a conventional industrial look or with vinyl cushions for a more relaxed, comfortable feel. With mixed materials, you can be more creative when introducing other textures and colours into your decor too.
To speed things along
Cafes, especially those with a fast turnover need to discreetly let customers know what’s expected of them with the right choice of furniture. Backless stools propped up against a counter are a perfect example of simple modern pieces. They’re just right for fitting out spaces for customers to socialise in but also get out of quickly. That said, they don’t have to be uncomfortable areas. Foot rests and saddle seats provide more comfort.
A nod to the traditional
Finally, modern furniture can also pay tribute to traditional roots. For instance, our No. 18 Cabaret chair retains the original Thonet design of the 1800’s but has been given a contemporary twist by manufacturing it from steel and powder and coating it with lovely bright colours.
Don’t regard modern cafe furniture as another trend that will eventually be replaced. It has a place in the design books alongside traditional styles because of its adaptability and versatility.
At Cafe Chairs Melbourne we have a wide stock of modern cafe chairs which could be just what you need to help create your brand and create the atmosphere you’re seeking.