Successful restaurant interiors provide not only a feast for the eyes but also make guests feel at ease and comfortable. We've selected five dining chairs from the Clippings catalogue that are a joy to look at while also being suitable for a variety of spaces.
An ode to honest craftsmanship, the Cover Side Chair by Muuto is a smart take on the timeless wooden chair. Thomas Bentzen, the designer, says about the chair: 'I wanted to bring a modern perspective to the archetypal wooden chair. The design needed to be crisp and contemporary, hence the thin plywood material, which I paired with the solidity of a solid wood frame. With the curved backrest folding gently around the back legs and its warm materiality, this piece expresses the values of Scandinavian craftsmanship in a modern way.' Both the non-upholstered and upholstered Cover Side Chair stacks up to 4 chairs on floor and 10 chairs on the Cover Side Chair Trolley.
The Odin Chair by New Zealand brand Resident started life as a commission for a series of boutique mountain properties in Niseko, Japan. Jamie McLellan designed the chair to be simultaneously humble and striking, cross-referencing Nordic and Japanese influences. There is a structural harmony in the combination of the die-cast aluminium legs, that cradle the solid ash seat and curved backrest. Odin is available in two finishes – natural or black stained, with the upholstered seat being optional.
With rich wood grain, the Buffalo Chair from Danish brand NORR11 has a distinctive appearance to match its high quality, solid-wood construction. Its back is made with a special production technique pressing multiple layers of oak veneer in a compression mould, forming the characteristic buffalo horn shape that provides back and arm support. The upholstery plates are easily replaceable.
When designing the Violin Chair, Architects Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi looked at the archetypal form of a chair. The result proved to be a new typology in the collection of Danish brand Gubi: an poetic half-arm dining chair combining a slim metal frame with a curved backrest. It's available with an upholstered seat and slender steam-bent oiled walnut or oiled oak backrest or as a more voluminous edition with upholstered seat and backrest. Available in various fabric and leather variations, the Violin chair works in informal canteens just as well as in fine dining rooms.
The Afteroom Chair by Danish brand Menu is a tribute to Bauhaus and functionalism - reducing the amount of material to a minimum and enhancing the aesthetic appearance to a maximum. Its tubular steel construction refers to the industrial elements of the influential design movement. With a small footprint, the version with upholstered seat and back is ideal for restaurants. Another plus point: the chairs are very light - hence very easy to move around.