How To Inject A Little French Chic Into Your Café Or Restaurant

If you’re looking to give your café or restaurant a makeover then French industrial designer chic may not be the first thing that springs to mind. However, you could be missing out one of the greatest all time classics if you overlook this area. Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’re proud to stock replica Tolix chairs and stools which are sure to bring back the nostalgia of 1930’s Paris.

Xavier Pauchard was the designer behind this iconic furniture. Born in France in 1880 he followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and became a roofer and a zinc worker. However, he also had a huge obsession with metal and was in fact the first person in France to use galvanised steel treated with zinc to protect it from rusting.

Light weight and durable

Weatherproof, lightweight and exceptionally durable his chairs soon grew in popularity and were to be found in all of the French cafés by day and the clubs by night. They were also staple items of furniture in schools and hospitals.

We stock an assortment of replica Tolix chairs which have been manufactured in the same way as the original and stay true to the design. From black and white to warm orange to copper there’s a Tolix chair to suit everyone. Made from steel with a powder coated finish they can be used indoors or out, making them a versatile all-round chair. Other options include an oiled timber seat which merges steel and wood together to produce a stylish chair which looks amazing.

We also have replica Tolix stools and bar stools in an assortment of heights and colours. From vibrant red to green, black or white as well as gorgeous metallic hues, these stools are incredibly useful in a café or restaurant setting.

The industrial look is enjoying a huge resurgence at present and you won’t find a more suited chair or stool to fit this trend than a replica Tolix stool. Not just about looks however, Tolix chairs and stools are practical and versatile too. Made from steel means that they’re extremely durable and can withstand all the rigours of a busy establishment. It doesn’t matter how much of a bashing they take, they just go on looking better. In fact a few bumps and dents here and there just adds character. The chairs are also lightweight, so they can be moved around easily to suit your customers needs, and they can also be stacked which makes for convenient storage. With a wide range of colours, they’re immense fun too and can be used with all manner of décors and themes.

If you flick through any design magazine you’re sure to come across at least one picture of a Tolix chair or stool. So if you fancy the idea of a Tolix chair or stool but without the designer price, then why not take a look at our collection of replica items. Purchasing online is easy by visiting or you can visit out showroom in Preston. Alternatively if you’ve any questions about our products then give us a call on 03 9357 9688 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Is There Still A Need For A Traditional Café In Today’s Modern Times

cafe coffeeIt’s fair to say that café’s have evolved in the past twenty years or so and are now no longer seen as a place where you go to grab a quick cup of coffee before a meeting, picking up the kids on a school run, or going to or from work. Instead the modern cafés are seen as convenient and versatile spaces where both work and social based activities regularly take place. With this in mind, is there still a need for the traditional café?

Before we answer this question, let’s take a look at what’s expected of the 21st century contemporary modern café The first thing to take notice of is that many modern café’s are kitted out just like an office away from the office. There’s obviously Wi-Fi (usually free of course) and the relevant furniture and fittings to accommodate laptops, MP3 players and Blackberry’s. So rather than the smell of old wood, sturdy laminate or melamine table tops are normally the order of the day. Add to this the polished chrome or powder coated table bases and it’s easy to see how it could easily resemble a busy office except there’s usually a gorgeous aroma of Blue Java lingering in the air.

Conversely, traditional cafés tend to resemble a place that you would go to grab yourself a coffee and a scone rather than to work or have a meeting and as a result it immediately gives off a more relaxing vibe, a place where the rigours of the day finish and relaxing, quality time begins. For this reason there’s something about the smell of old wooden ladder-back chairs that makes you simply want to relax with a coffee and contemplate life. There’s not a laptop in sight, so rather than the constant clattering of keyboards, all you can hear is the soothing banter of friends talking and the clattering of spoons against steaming cups of cappuccino.

So what’s the answer?

Clearly an office away from the office in the form of a contemporary café isn’t going to suit every technophobe, just as a café without mod cons won’t be of much use to someone who has a presentation to deliver and is fast running out of time. Therefore more and more cafés are offering the best of both worlds, and zoning is now the order of the day. Warming and homely café snugs complete with books and newspapers sit side by side with contemporary work spaces to produce a café that suits all tastes.

So in answer to the question, is there a need for a traditional café in today’s modern times, it has to be a yes but in a slightly different format.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we offer a wide range of tables and chairs to suit both modern contemporary and more traditional café’s, all at unbeatable prices. Why not visit our website at to see just what we have to offer.


Do Wonders For Your Business With A Café Lounge

cafe lounge areaCafés are fast becoming referred to as that “third” place where you’re not at work, and you’re not at home, instead you’re comfortably settled in a café lounge. The thing is, if you don’t have a coffee lounge then you could really be missing out on a trick. Café lounge areas don’t just provide your customers with a comfortable place to sit but they lend that sort of ‘homely feel’ which makes them want to hang around a little longer to unwind or meet up with friends.

So where do you start? Well the obvious starting point is with your décor. Don’t go jumping in ahead before that is finalised otherwise you could get it all horribly wrong.

Once you’ve finalised your décor you can start to think about café furniture. Style and comfort are the most important factors to consider when adding these finishing touches. Tub chairs and sofas are a great choice and if you want to go beyond this you can think designer. Adding a couple of designer pieces can inject a little more class and sophistication into your lounge area which will also reflect well on yourself and your business. It sounds a little crazy but people will build a perception of your café and you as a person, from the very first step through your door. So go on, impress them with your classy décor and furniture.

Since the idea is to make your customers feel welcome and comfortable in your lounge area it stands to reason that it need a nice homely feel about it. People will want to use it as a meeting point with friends or clients where they can chat over a hot cup of their favourite brew. Others may use it to conduct their freelance writing business and may spend hours in there, typing away and sipping on their favourite coffee. Let’s face it would you walk into a dark and dingy café to meet your friends or business clients? The chances of you walking into a comfortable, nicely furnished and welcoming café are considerably higher.

Think modern. Think to yourself what would you want as a customer. This is key to your success. Know your client base and put yourself into their head to conjure up the perfect vision for your café lounge. Better still visit a few successful cafés in your local area to see what they’re supplying their customers, that you aren’t.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got an extensive range of furniture which will give you unlimited options. From tub chairs to Ottomans, we’ve got it covered. If you’re in the Preston area why not pop into our showroom and see for yourself or alternatively visit our online store.


Accent And Accessory Trends For Your Cafe – What’s Hot Right Now!

statement cafe wall art‘The Devil’s in the detail’ says the old adage and when it comes to styling a room then this certainly applies. The right accessories and touches can transform a room from dull and dreary into diverse and dynamic. By adding colour, texture and visual interests it can really bring the wow factor to your establishment without it costing you the earth. So with this in mind, lets take a look at what’s hot right now in the world of accents and accessories.


In 2014 everybody loves a bit of cold metal and this is reflected in the popularity of an industrial theme which has become a really huge style of late. That said, it isn’t just the feel and look of iron and steel, gold is also back en vogue and it brings with it a sense of subtlety and softness coupled with pure opulence. What works really well though is showcasing different metals together. Golds, coppers and brasses mixed with silver and aluminium. The heavy industrial look of iron together with the refinement of platinum or chrome. Try it, the effects can be quite amazing.


Yes, in 2014 vibrant colours are all the rage. From hot pinks and lime greens to electric blue and sunburst yellow. They work particularly well when used sparingly as accent colours against a plain background. Polypropylene café chairs for example come in a wide range of vibrant colours. Or how about cushions, wall hangings, or even place settings. Do whatever it takes but the more vibrant the colour, the better it’s going to look.

Tribal and ethnic pieces

From Indian tapestries to African carvings, tribal and ethnic pieces work really well in a themed design. What’s more, they work particularly well when they’re mixed and matched. How about a combination of Asian Buddha statues, African rush masks and Indian trinkets. It’s sure to turn heads.

Statement art

It might be a little pricey, but one large statement piece is all it takes to turn your ‘so-so’ café into a trendy place. When it comes to wall art, go big and bold. How about a large keyboard or a six foot high lime green clock with black hands. Whatever takes your fancy, the quirkier and the more outlandish, the better.

If you’re looking for café furniture to go with your revamped style or theme then look no further than Cafe Furniture Melbourne. We have a wide range of quality tables and chairs at great value-for-money prices. Check out our website at or contact us (03) 9357 9688. Alternatively if you’re in the Preston area, then why not pop into our showroom and see for yourself.