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Our Top Hospitality Furniture Products of 2019

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Our sales and account managers pick their favourite hospitality furniture products of the year, from new chairs and sustainable furniture, to mixed materials & cane details. 

2019: Our predictions revisited

In our Top 10 Hospitality Furniture Products blog last year we predicted 'revivals of retro classics, new materials used for table tops like Versital, and an increase of chairs with solid bases like the Charlotte Lounge Chair. 

Versital had a very good year in terms of sales though Silestone didn't do as well as we thought. In terms of new materials we added MDF Marble as an alternative to porous stone tops.  Pedestal bases did indeed go from strength to strength, both in terms of chairs and bases, with conical bases in particular becoming more popular on furniture schedules. 

2019: Winners and losers

Organic shapes and flowing curves were undoubtedly the winners of 2019. Most of the furniture choices below have curved backs, it's safe to say that boxy, modern shapes and hard edges are out; circles, arches & ovals are most definitely in.

Terrazzo tops were specified in a flurry at the start of the year, but the trend seems to have died down a little as newer patterned tables emerged. Similarly, fringe and tassels on chairs started strong but don't seem to have had the strength to blaze a trail into the new decade. View our full breakdown of Furniture Trends from 2019 here.

2020: What next?

While requests for sustainable furniture were previously limited to hospitality brands with an emphasis on health and wellness or commercial premises trying to meet RICS Criteria, we are now getting requests for recycled materials for everyday projects. Fabrics made from recycled plastics are also being requested more frequently. After years of sustainability hype, could 2020 be the year that green products really break into the contract furniture market?

Our Top Product Picks of 2019

komodoro barstool in Sam's riverside

Komodoro Range

Our Komodoro range is original, timely and super flexible in terms of upholstery finishes and styles. As it's designed specifically with hospitality in mind, so it has short arms that save space while adding comfort & extra detail. The range has been developed exclusively for us so you won't find these chairs anywhere else.

Available with or without fringe and with two heights of barstool shell which can be fixed to different bases, the Komodoro is as versatile as it is unique.

The barstool is pictured here in Sam's Riverside, our new favourite haunt. 

James Ketteringham
Co-founder

Ocean Armchair

Ocean Armchair

At a time where climate change is all the talk (and so it should be) I think it's important to celebrate that this chair is made up 100% of ocean waste. 960grams to be exact!

Its forward-thinking design just goes to show that being eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing can go hand in hand!

We're getting more and more requests for sustainable products, so 2020 could be a big year for the Ocean Armchair.

Jo Magill
Account Manager

hillsborough castle

Glow Range

Glow has done particularly well this year and takes the prize for the most successful product range in terms of orders.  I think the reason is its easy design. It fits in hotels as much as in public areas and is also the perfect armchair for cafe and fine dining. Recently a few features were added - Metal caps, wooden ring under the seat (which makes it really smart) and it has always come with a diversity of buttons and stitching combinations.

Dessy Miteva
Purchasing Manager

Glow low back lounge chair pictured in Hillsborough Castle's cafe. Photo by Tom Bird.

Chloe Side Chair

Chloe Side Chair

Chloe is a great range of chairs. It's got a classic look with versatile options on finishing. I've supplied it to a diverse range of projects this year - like the No1 Lounges in Birmingham Airport & the Clayton Hotel in the city where the barstool version gave a really contemporary feel to the bar area.

Shown here in The Chequers Inn, Ettington. Photo by Tom Bird.

Hamish Dabbs
Sales Director

740 High Stool

740 High Stool

The 740 High Stool 

Less is more with the 740 High Stool; the minimalist design is versatile enough to suit most spaces. Its beautifully curved seat and tapered legs are striking, even from a distance. See the top blog image of The Watch House in Farringdon for proof of its sleek silhouette.

As an added bonus, both the wooden & aluminium versions are made with ethically sourced materials, creating a product that fulfils most requirements of a high-performing hospitality stool. 

 

Sofia Linden
Inbound Sales Manager

Stefano Side Chair

Stefano Side Chair

My choice is the Stefano Side Chair which we made bespoke in collaboration with Dexter Moren for the Vintry & Mercer Hotel. (Shown here in Vintry Izakaya, the Asian tapas eatery on the ground floor. Photo by Amy Murrell).

It's a really unusual design, both in the tapering shape of the frame and the generous backrest proportions. Then the button-back details really make it stand out. 

Lina Kaonga
Bespoke Supervisor

Colony Coffee Table

Colony Coffee Table

It's not just the cane details that make the Colony stand out though they are definitely an appealing featuring, but also the unusual geometric shape of the base and the generous thickness of the table top. These elements combine to create a juxtaposition of lightness and with the feeling of solidness.

All in all this table is a great contract piece, intriguing, yet sturdy. The Colony Side Table with its lofty angularity is well worth a look at too.

Chelsey Albertyn
Inbound Sales Manager

Pala Side Chair

Pala Side Chair

The Pala chair, distinguishable by its chunky ''Prouve style'' back legs, is another example of a classic design revisited. The Pala, though made from beech, provides this elegant tapering at a fraction of the price of the original Standard SP Chair, which is still made by Vitra today. I think this chair has longevity and can't wait to see it used on projects.

Hooria Eltumi
Product Director

Lato Coffee Table

Lato Coffee Table

Whether you see a sculpture or an upturned lollipop, Lato, with its slim top & column balanced by an oval-shaped base is undoubtedly eye-catching. Whether you see it as playful or sophisticated Lato's attention-seeking nature makes it the perfect accent table. 

Maddy Jones
Sales Manager

Macaron Armchair

Macaron Armchair

My favourite element of Macaron is that the frame entwines like two individual chairs merging. Then the seat is on top, a perfect circle with a soft round cushion that resembles the French pastry that gives its name to the chair.

And with its solid structure, comfortable backrest and versatile & contemporary aesthetic Macaron is a chair designed with contract use in mind. 

 

Te-Wei Hong
Account Manager

Clessidra Table

Clessidra Table

The Clessidra is an original statement piece with a strong character.Mixed material tables were prevalent in Milan this year (see our blog on Divided Tables.) and bold shapes on tables are also trending. With a choice of split colours for the base & Crystalceramic or wooden top Clessidra ticks both boxes. 

Sanna Jarvela
Account Manager

Shanna Side Chair

Shanna Side Chair

Shanna has a real mid-century modern look to it. The organic shape of the exposed backrest softens the more angular joins of the frame and the stretchers add structural strength as well as extra detail. A solid, weighty, chair for long-lasting hospitality use, the seat is also extremely comfortable and perfect for spaces that imply longer dining use - I could literally sit in this chair for hours.

Tracey Tymon 
Business Development Manager

Kuta Armchair

Kuta Armchair

The Kuta is a bespoke chair we developed this year in collaboration with DesignLSM. You would typically find this style of chair in Asia in luxury restaurants; it is traditional and ethnic at the same time and super elegant. 

Kuta flaunts a contemporary design with classic cane details and has now been incorporated into our standard product range.

Berengere Favraud
Product Manager

Arch Side Chair

Arch Side Chair

2019 has definitely been the year of the curved back chair and although there are plenty of different takes on this style on the market, Arch is my favourite by far. 

The base of each seat is digitally milled, which creates a non-obvious, subtle shape that you can't get by traditional woodworking methods. The exposed plywood back gives a gentle curve and a beautiful grain both subtle details that give a great effect. It also just won a German Design Award. Who doesn't love an award-winner?

Patrycja Zagojska-Munnings
Account Manager

Libertad Table Base

Libertad Table Base

The Libertad is an oldie but a goldie - quite literally if you choose the brass finish! It's got a classic and timeless design but with a hint of modern twist. 

With turned column and base plate available in many different finishes, it really can fit into almost any design scheme.

 

Janice Ang
Account Manager

Collins Lounge Chair

Collins Lounge Chair

Collins is a great little lounge chair, softly circular, with a cross base. Perfectly proportioned and ideal for hotel bedrooms. 

Joss Gainford
Sales Manager

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