Restaurant Design Trends Brought to Life with Materials

Restaurant Design Trends Brought to Life with Materials

Restaurant Design Trends Brought to Life with Materials 800 490 Chute Gerdeman

Just as consumer food trends change over time, so do restaurant design trends. Here’s a look at how restaurant trends like connected kitchen and dining experiences, local influences, and communal and casual seating are being brought to life with materials.

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A Material Connection

Connecting the kitchen with the dining experience and bringing the outside in—both of these concepts are showing up everywhere right now. Consumers want to see how their food is being prepared while they enjoy the fresh air. Designers are connecting the three spaces (kitchen, dining, and the outdoors) by using versatile materials like concrete, metal, and tile—all durable enough for the dining experience and the kitchen.

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A Singular Perspective

Individuality is in. Local flavor is coming to the surface not just in the food offering, but also in the environment through the use of materials like reclaimed wood from the local lumberyard to vintage finds at the neighborhood furniture store. Curated elements not only carry their own stories, but also help to craft an overall restaurant experience that is unique.

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Au Naturel

As consumers seek authentic experiences, we’re seeing spaces return to a more natural state where color is minimal (but thoughtful), and raw unfinished materials give focus to texture and character. Restaurants are letting the original architecture shine by embracing exposed ceilings or brick, and simply doing patchwork and repairs on concrete or wood floors. They want to share the history of space and create new experiences within them.

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A Social Setting

Dining is inherently social, and with that community tables have become a huge trend in restaurant design. Whether it’s a large group gathering or simply sharing a table with someone else, old-school norms of consumers dining together have faded. Soft seating mixed within more traditional dining is also in high demand. People want a relaxed place to sit, but still have the option to have a meal and conversation. This style of seating gives guests options to choose from and creates a flexible restaurant environment.

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