Project Watch: Raabitah, Ilford

Our latest project was Raabitah restaurant in Ilford, London, which specialises in Ottoman cusisine.

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We designed, manufactured and installed the extra-tall panel back fixed seating in both straight runs and back-to-back booths which run along one wall of the restaurant. The owner chose a chestnut-coloured faux leather for the fixed seating and opted for matching chairs.

The extra-tall back booths bring a unique intimate atmosphere to the restaurant giving families and couples more privacy whilst they eat, and by night the patterned light cast from the hanging lights creates an enchanting atmosphere which makes Raabitah a serene hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city in which it lies.

Cube Company.

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How to Create the Perfect Student Common Room

Schools and Colleges are often faced with the difficult challenge of trying to design a common room that both looks great and functions as a place of study, relaxation and fun all in one, so we have put together a short list of ways to help you create the perfect student common room.

Student Common Room at Huntingdonshire Regional College

(1) Seating
Now, we might be a little biased here, but we believe seating is one of the most important elements of any common. After all, students primarily use common rooms to sit and either study, relax or eat. Therefore, the seating needs to be first and foremost comfortable, but also configurable. By configurable, we mean the seating should be able to be moved around into new layouts to suit different tasks and to meet different requirements.

Modular seating is freely-moveable and widely-configurable, and serves as a great platform for shared learning activities and group debates, but you can read more about that here.

(2) Interior Decor
Students respond well to bright colours, so it’s a no-brainer to opt for bright blues, yellows, greens, reds and even pinks. What’s even more impressive is if you can coordinate some of the decor in your common room with the colours featured in the school’s logo and branding.

Inspirational quotes and motivational pictures (such as shots of great sporting moments) have been proven to have a positive effect on students too, so get looking for posters and canvasses to inspire your young people.

(3) Forms of Entertainment
We know there is a fine balancing act required here. There’s a tight-rope to walk, so to speak. Offer no form of entertainment and students will feel demotivated, bored and may hold the school in an unfavourable light, but offer too many and you may see a sharp decline in work ethic.

On our travels to various different schools, we’ve found the establishments that seem to have the perfect chemistry in their common rooms are those with something audio (e.g. a CD player), something visual (a television) and something for students to play (e.g. a pool table or chess board). Three forms of school-provided entertainment seems to be about the right number. We tend to think games consoles can become a bit too addictive, so advise against them.

(4) Food, Glorious Food
This is an incredibly simple one: whether it is a toaster, microwave, fridge or even just a vending machine, offering students a way to either prepare or buy food and drink is a sure-fire way to keep them happy.

(5) Windows, Natural Light
Having plenty of natural light flooding in not only helps to make common rooms brighter and livelier, but natural light has been scientifically proven to boost productivity and alertness in people. Now, we appreciate that some schools may not be blessed with a common room boasting an abundance of windows, but if you are designing a brand-new common room, this should be right up there at the top of your list of considerations.

And there you have it, our 5 most important elements needed to create a common room that both looks great and meets the demands of your (very demanding) students.

Visit our official website to view our extensive range of modular seating if you were enticed by tip #1.

Cube Company.

Project Watch: Cookies & Cream, Luton

Cube Company are proud to have worked with the up and coming Cookies & Cream franchise at their Luton outlet and will be supplying the seating for some of their other sites in London very soon.

Cube Company's booth seating at Cookies & Cream, Luton

We fitted out Cookies & Cream, Luton, with an expansive 70-seat layout comprising of circular booths, straight runs, chairs, tables, cubes and coffee tables all within 4 weeks from project initiation to final install.

The fixed seating, booths and chairs were upholstered in a hard-wearing and easy-to-clean faux leather in a rustic walnut colour, while the cubes in the relaxed seating area were finished in magenta and black to match the company’s branding.

We designed the 4 circular booths with vertical flutes and tall backs (1200mm) to add to the ambience of the room and also distinguish them as the best seats in the house, and word from the owner is that they have been occupied nearly all day every day since the parlor opened.

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How to Impress Customers with Your Restaurant Seating

Making a great first impression is important in any setting, not least the service industry. In today’s world, customers want products and services to not only meet their expectations, but exceed them. Therefore, we thought we’d share with you 5 ways in which you can really wow guests with your restaurant seating and instantly put them in a positive frame of mind about your establishment.

1) Seating Designs & Patterns
The extent to which you can go to customise your seating and create a unique style is almost endless with fixed seating. You can choose from different back heights, back styles and even back shapes (like curves) to come up with a combination that really grabs people’s attention. So, whether you are going for a classic vintage look or something wacky and themed like space-aged seating, back designs, patterns and shapes can help you go a long way to create something that stands out.

2) Fabrics and Colours
Grand deep button back seating may not be within every restaurant owner’s budget, so fabrics and colours can be a key factor in creating a piece of seating that truly bedazzles guests. We’ve seen (and made) everything from chic cappuccinos to luminous limes in restaurants throughout the UK, and what we can safely say is, colour influences people’s thoughts and perceptions massively. We all form certain connotations with certain colours, so you should choose colours that send the desired messages to your customers about your restaurant and brand.

3) Seating Layouts/ Arrangements
Seating layouts definitely play a part in what your customers think of your restaurant. We’ve spoken before about how booth seating can create a sense of luxury and privilege in the minds of customers and that can actually induce positive feelings in customers given that they feel they are somewhat lucky or special to have been given booth seats. Aside from booths, different seating layouts can also determine the atmosphere of a restaurant or be used to create cool segments or divides.

4) Style vs Comfort vs Practicality
The way to solve this problem is to simply consider who your customers are and what they want or expect when they come into your restaurant. If you are a fast food restaurant, your seating is likely to lean more towards the practicality element and possibly even style seeing as comfort is likely the least of your customers worries given that they will not be waiting or dining for very long. Of course, possessing seating that is stylish, comfortable and practical all in one is ideal, but these are often conflicting elements.

5) Cleanliness & Hygiene
There is no excuse for not maintaining and cleaning banquette seating. Cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance to customers of restaurants, so make sure your seating is looking pristine, and don’t forget about the kickboards or folds in between flutes either. Choosing faux leather seating is a wise move and a very popular one at that seeing as it can be cleaned ever so easily with merely the wipe of a damp cloth.

If you have all of the above in check, you’ll consistently make a great impression on your customers. Offer great service and even better food and you’ll find your customer base becoming increasingly loyal.

Cube Company

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