What Melbourne Cafes Are Doing Right Now To Stand Out From The Crowd

cat cafeThere’s no getting away from the fact that Melburnians simply love their coffee. In fact the city itself is regarded by many aficionados as the coffee capital of the world. It’s no wonder then that many entrepreneurs are clambering to opening up a new venue here. In fact, according to popular daily newspaper The Age, in 2012 there were 135 more hospitality venues in and around the city than there were retailers. What’s more in 2014, it was reported that Melbourne CBD had 108 more cafe’s, restaurants, and bars than it did two years previous, showing that even in times of austerity the popularity of Melbourne cafes shows no signs of waning. Because of this, you’d probably be foolish to ignore what’s trending in the Melbourne cafe scene so without further ado, let’s see what local cafe’s are doing right now to really stand out from the crowd.

Thinking outside of the box

There’s a growing trend in Melbourne right now to open cafe’s aimed at a specific groups of people. So rather than catering to the masses (after all, that’s really old hat) switched-on cafe owners are niching down their market and honing in on the needs and requirements of specific individuals. For example Melbourne happens to be the site of Australia’s first cereal cafe. Cereal Anytime caters for those that just can’t get enough of the breakfast staple. Customers can enter the premises at any time of the day, choose from 15 types of cereal and indulge, all for just $4.00 a bowl. Another first for Melburnians is Australia’s first cat cafe. Don’t worry cat isn’t on the menu, instead the aptly named Cat Cafe caters for those people who adore furry felines. The venue is designed just like any other cafe with tables and chairs, etc, but the difference is that 12 gorgeous resident moggies are left to roam the cafe at will. Customers can pet and play with them and have some serious pet interaction while enjoying their espresso.

Communal dining

You might think that communal dining was something that only happened at school, but nowadays (in Melbourne anyway) there’s a real sense of community spirit and this is reflected in communal dining. Surprisingly it’s catching on as more and more cafe’s are incorporating larger tables that seat 10-12 into their venues. In some cases these are being put together to make giant tables that seat 20 or 30 with ease. This way customers have the option to drink their skinny latte alone, or if they wish by sitting next to someone they don’t know (yet!).

Finest coffee (no really!)

Every cafe might state that they serve the finest coffee, but as Melburnians really love their coffee there’s a growing trend to seek out the very best coffee that money can buy. Of course, where there’s a demand, there’s going to be a service supplying that demand and in Melbourne a few venues are starting to serve the very best coffee that money can buy. No standard Starbucks fayre here! Instead, there’s a certain coffee one-upmanship about visiting cafe’s such as Proud Mary’s and purchasing a cup of Columbian HR61 with delectable hints of peach mango and cream for the princely sum of $100. That’s per cup! Okay so you also get to take home 150grams of these exotic beans, but even at this price it seems there are people who are more than happy to pay for a truly amazing cup of coffee.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we can’t promise you the finest coffee, cereal on demand, or cats for that matter but what we can do is to supply cafe owners with the highest quality, commercial grade cafe furniture at fantastic prices. Why not check out our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au or give us a call on 1800 859 616 to see how we can help. Additionally if you’re in the Campbellfield area of Victoria then why not pop into out warehouse direct, where you can see all the furniture we provide up close and personal.

How To Achieve A Stylish Rustic Look To Your Cafe Using 3 Tips

rustic cafe lookThe rustic look has always been a firm favourite with café’s stretching right back to the bistro’s of Paris at the turn of the century with their gingham tablecloths, rickety wooden furniture, and wine bottle candleholders. Nowadays of course rusticity is still considered pretty chic, but only if you get it right. Get it wrong and rather than rustic charm, you’ve got cheap and tacky. With this in mind, here are some pointers on how to bring some rustic style to your cafe.

Oversized chalkboard

No rustic style cafe would be complete without an oversized chalk-board. Often used to cover a compete wall they give a real homely, rustic feel. The good news is that if you don’t want to buy one you can easily make one with some wood panelling to make a frame and some common or garden chalkboard paint. Use it to write the specials of the day so customers can see your great food at a glance or alternatively, how about writing some inspiring or beautiful quotes for your customers to read. A chalk-board wall gives an interesting rustic look that your customers will love.

Distressed fixtures and fittings

Distressed fixtures and fittings can be bought relatively cheaply from car boot sales and auctions, as well as online. Whether it’s something quirky like an old wardrobe, or a series of boxed shelving units, it really can give you a great look. Alternatively if you’re feeling a little creative then why not distress your own? There’s plenty of advice and videos on the internet and what’s more it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s the beauty of distressing, anyone can do it. If you want to take it one step further, then how about cladding your bar area in wood panelling and giving it a thin coat of whitewash. It gives an amazing finish that really looks the part.

Getting the right furniture

The good news about rustic furniture is that it doesn’t have to cost you the earth. Look for simple but solid furniture, such as the Tolix inspired stool, Bentwood chairs, simple but stylish Megan chairs and adjustable Detroit stool. All work really well to blend in with a rustic style. Pair them with light coloured butchers-block tables or even old oak barrels to give a modern adaptation of the perfect rustic look.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide range of commercial-grade cafe furniture much of which can be used in a rustic setting so why not check out our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au to see what we have to offer. If you can’t see what you’re after or simply need advice then contact us on 1800 261 489 and talk to our experienced team who are only to glad to help. Finally if you’re in the Campbellfield area then why not pop into our showroom where you can see all the furniture first hand.

Everything You Need To Know About Polypropylene Chairs And Probably Much More Besides

Most of us probably remember the polypropylene stacking chair (also known as the poly-prop) from school days. It was fairly rudimentary in design, not particularly comfortable, and usually came in one choice of colour, namely battleship grey. Surprisingly the poly-prop chair is having somewhat of a renaissance and 21st century designs see us embracing the poly-prop like never before. Nowadays you can buy it in a vast range of vibrant colours, styles and designs.

Going back to the beginning

Prior to the 1960’s, apart from a few exceptions such as the Tolix stool and Bentwood chair, seating really wasn’t designed to be mass produced. However in 1963 a young British designer called Robin Day used polypropylene in an injection moulding process to make the first stackable polypropylene chair. It was made initially for a now defunct London based furniture company known as S Hille & Co and it caught on immediately. It was cheap to produce and therefore cheap to buy. In effect It became the first true modern-day chair for the masses.

Wide range of uses

The poly-prop was tough and durable yet lightweight enough to be picked up and moved around. This meant that it opened up the possibilities of a wide range of uses. Before long the plastic stackable chair found its way into offices, doctor’s waiting rooms, hospitals, industry and of course schools. It was virtually indestructible and this is why we embraced it. In 1965 the polyprop chair with chrome legs became completely plastic when the very first all plastic chair, was invented by Italian designer Joe Colombo.

The boom years

During the 1970’s and 80’s the plastic chair was in even greater demand as the public couldn’t get enough of them. In fact the two biggest producing countries of the humble plastic chair were France and the USA. It’s been reported that during this period at one factory in particular, a chair was produced every 70 seconds. As a result millions of them were produced for export all over the world.

Decline

During the 1990’s sales dropped and plastic chairs fell into decline. People were beginning to embrace natural products again and other composites such as aluminium were also coming to the fore. In addition as computers were being introduced into offices, ergonomics were starting to play a big part and as a result, the plastic chair took a back seat (pun intended).

The 21st century

By the start of the 21st century designers started to play around with the simple plastic chair and in came some truly stunning designs. The ribbon chair for example based on an earlier iconic design was a great looking piece of stackable plastic furniture. In addition designers were also beginning to play with colour. Hot pinks, sunburst yellows, burnt oranges and deep red were just some of the colours to hit the shops and suddenly the humble plastic chair became very much de rigueur. Now the plastic chair is making a huge comeback in cafe’s, restaurants, and bistros all over the world and they really are the affordable chair of choice once again.

If you’re looking to experiment with colour and embrace the plastic then take a look at our Cafe Furniture Melbourne website. We’ve got a wide range of commercial polypropylene chairs in a vast array of colours, all at great-value for money prices. For further information, contact us on 1800 810 158 or if you’re in or near the Campbellfield area of Melbourne then why not pop into our showroom and take a look first hand.

Choosing The Right Werzalit Tables For Your Venue

Werzalit tablesIf you’re looking for quality commercial-grade furniture for your venue, there’s one name that tends to stand out from the crowd and that’s Werzalit. This is arguably because the company have been making quality cafe and restaurant furniture for many years and backed by quality German engineering and southern European styling Werzalit have managed to perfect that ideal combination of durability and beauty. As a result,when you purchase a Werzalit table you just know it’s not only going to last, but it’s going to look good too!

The problem is that there are a multitude of Werzalit tables to choose from so where do you start?

The answer… Start with a design.

Every cafe, restaurant, bistro, or bar should have a design in mind, particularly if you want to stand out from the competition. Whether it’s a timeless classic look, a modern Mediterranean feel, or a funky retro vibe always start with a design in mind.

Research

The next step is to carry out some research. By looking either online or in glossy style magazines it’s possible to get a good idea of what colours, materials, shapes, and composites work to get the desired effect. Understanding this gives you the opportunity to then rule out colours or shades that don’t apply, narrowing down your search further.

Space limitations

So you’ve got a good idea of the colours and style you’re looking for, now you need to think about the size tables you need. Werzalit tables and table tops come in a wide range of sizes and shapes from small rounded bar tables, through to larger rectangular tables seating 6 or more. In order to make the most of your space, and therefore giving you the best return on your investment, you might want to mix it up a little so you can accommodate the needs of all your potential customers.

Complete packages or table tops

Finally you might want to think about whether you opt for complete table packages (eg, table tops and bases) or simply opt for changing your table tops only. The latter might save you money but you need to make sure that if you have a particular style or design, that your existing table bases fit into that whole ethos. With complete packages you’re getting both tops and bases that already match perfectly. To help you further, most table packages come with a selection of bases to choose from.

So there you have it, 3 tips to choosing the perfect Werzalit furniture for your establishment. If you’re on the look-out for Werzalit furniture at the best price then take a look at the Cafe Furniture Melbourne website. We have a promotion whereby you can get 10% off all Werzalit furniture right through May. Remember, if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can always contact us on 1800 550 390 and speak to our experienced and friendly team who are only too glad to assist.