Hospitality furniture is furniture used in public dining and entertainment-type venues, most typically restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes. Hospitality furniture is generally hard-wearing and reasonably easy to maintain.
Hospitality furniture is supplied by companies such as The Contract Chair Co and is generally made to order; as a result it is available in a wider choice of designs and finishes than is available in the retail market. Downsides of being made to order included sometimes substantial minimum order quantities, lead times being 4 to 6 weeks and returning of products being difficult.
Hospitality furniture is subject to particular fire regulations that do not necessarily apply to furniture used in your home; our furniture comes with CMHR foam (ie foam that does not easily ignite or burn) and is usually specified with fabric that meets Crib 5 flammability test (a fairly stringent industry standard).
Below is our selection of the best hospitality furniture.
The exclusive & highly stylised venue consists of 35 bedrooms, business lounges, bars, pitching suites and restaurants all with different furniture requirements.
The Everyman Crystal Palace was always going to be special. The area has been without a cinema for 50 years and there have been public petitions for decades to restore the former glory of the 1920s Rialto Cinema. The cinema had to live up to a lot of expectations and with these gorgeous interiors Fusion DNA did not disappoint.
Another great marine project designed by Trimline. This Isle of Wight ferry refurb needed to appeal to various types of customers, including large groups, families, and passengers with dogs and had to withstand heavy traffic as well as high seas.
Flight Club is 3 parts English fairground, with carousel horses, bright bulb lights and vintage Victoriana everywhere, 2 parts traditional British boozer, home of the humble dartboard. The design is classic yet state-of-the-art, with an emphasis on the illuminated dartboards & creating a super social atmosphere. One thing is for sure: darts fly and fun abounds in this interior space.
The Dirty Martini designs are so distinctive with their hallmark faces, neon lights & geometric patterns the brand is instantly recognisable. This venue has some particularly interesting table top choices.
Legal fire safety requirements for contract furniture can be confusing because it's covered by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and not the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations (FFFSR) which covers domestic use. Here is an important summary for commercial designers.
The right table size depends on how many covers are required on each table and what the table is used for; fine dining or drinking will differ. Drinking requires less space than quick meals; fine dining requires the most space. To calculate how many covers will fit in a restaurant use this diagram.
The popularity of geometric patterns is tied to a resurgence of retro & the mid-century modern aesthetic but they are a fantastic way to add visual intrigue with minimal amount of application. This is particularly good if you're trying to create an Instagram-able venue on a tight budget.
Fabric must be able to pass three fire tests to be suitable for hospitality use. It's often necessary to treat fabrics to Crib 5 standard so they will pass these tests. We explain the factory process behind flameproofing, & the science behind the testing including why some fabrics are unsuitable.
Our sales and account managers pick their favourite product of the year, from new chairs & new table top materials to timeless designs, because classics never die. We also make a few predictions for hospitality furniture trends in 2019 & look back at how accurate our predictions were for this year.