There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.
Food (read as dining), is truly a social event in our society. Food brings people together on many different levels. When we think about enjoying a sumptuous meal with our friends and family, we think…restaurants.
According to the Cambridge dictionary, a restaurant is a place where meals are prepared and served to paying customers. Don’t be misled by this simple definition; the sheer variety of restaurants that are waiting to pamper your palate is mindboggling! What’s more, the definition of ‘perfect furniture designs’ will vary according to the restaurant.
Fast food restaurants, as the name suggests, are known for their convenience, speed and affordability. Since this is not a place for lengthy meals, the focus is more on attractiveness than elaborateness. Simple, easy maintenance furniture in bright colours, along with bright lighting make QSRs (Quick Service Restaurants) like McDonald’s more inviting.
Pubs, on the other hand, are places where people go to unwind. Comfortable bar stools, plush sofas and a cosy ambience are just what you need after a long day. Bakeries also go for a cosy atmosphere, with a different décor. Warm and inviting surroundings, goodies on display and cosy seating arrangements near the display area to tempt you
A recent rage in the hospitality industry is the pop-up restaurant. This is a temporary restaurant that ‘pops up’ at unexpected times and places. Such restaurants are usually started to showcase a budding culinary talent, advertise a theme or concept or to get a feel of the market. A few years ago, the London eye hosted a pop-up restaurant. What is ‘perfect’ for these random establishments? Whatever matches and ‘feels right’.
Ethnic restaurants are another popular destination for foodies. This type of restaurant specializes in cuisine related to a particular nationality. The ideal furniture should complement the ethnicity of the food being served. Take a Greek restaurant, for example. A white and blue colour scheme, coupled with ornate wooden furniture and textured upholstery, will transport you to the faraway, exotic land.
Then there are themed restaurants, which design their cuisine and décor around a particular theme, to provide unique dining experiences to their guests. The Rainforest Café, for example, is a jungle-themed chain of restaurants, where the different features of a tropical rainforest are depicted. Apart from rain curtains and rock formations, these restaurants are famous for their characteristic bar stools, whose design is inspired by animals.
Topping the list is fine dining. Expensive furnishings, with matching upholstery, sideboards and display cabinets, set the mood for a memorable dining experience. When you are comfortably settled on a luxurious sofa, that extra glass of wine or the additional dessert sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?
What, then, is the perfect furniture design for restaurants? You, the customer, are the best judge. What is your opinion?