As guests finally find their way back to their favourite dining spots, restaurants want to be sure they put their best foot forward with offering their clients the most engaging experiences possible with optimal cleanliness and the unique ambience they’ve been missing. The trend for restaurateurs has been to take advantage of this new reality to bring improvements to their dining spaces with the latest innovative materials to ensure aesthetically pleasing and safe spaces.
According to experts in design there are some material options gaining popularity in the restaurant industry due to their flexibility and state-of-the-art technology to beautifully create the latest modern looks. Ariane Bouchard, Marketing Manager at Uniboard, a leader in innovative engineered wood panels, explains that TFL, or Thermally Fused Laminate, allow designers, builders and developers to achieve the latest hot styles in restaurant design with the most eco-friendly moisture-resistant solution. Let’s take a look:
- Support Social Distancing: Restaurants might not be able to serve as many guests as they once could due to social distancing, but they don’t want to feel like a barren oasis either. Patrons will want to communicate comfortably with others in their party without infringing on the space of other patrons. Rethink dining areas to allow more intimate areas and perhaps build half walls to ensure more privacy. Amber wood grain panels such as Ohm (K69) and Resonance (K70) can help create comfy, safe spaces.
- The Wide Open Spaces: After being cooped up in homes and apartments with family members, people might feel the need to spread out a little more. Solid panel colours like Sage (K79) can enhance the sense of space, while mirrors reflecting concrete panel scenes like Etrusco (V05) can evoke the feeling of being outdoors.
- Go All In on Comfort: It might seem like we have been deprived of life’s luxuries, so the restaurant can go all out in creating a posh, comfortable surrounding for bars, tables, and walls. Think of opulent panels like Samadhi (K76) or a signature texture like Omnia or Sequoia.
- TFL On MR50: High Performance Meets Durability For Commercial Spaces: Innovation at Uniboard is about finding creative solutions that make a difference and inspire us to always stay one step ahead. TFL on MR50 is our most eco-friendly moisture-resistant solution for you to combine design and performance in your commercial spaces. TFL on MR50 is a composite wood panel with a decorative paper layer that is fused using heat and pressure to create a durable panel. The melamine resins fuse with paper and the board, giving it durability and resistance to UV, scratching, and staining. Once the resin has hardened, it is stable for the duration of its lifespan, which makes delamination impossible. The core of this panel is MDF NU Green® MR50 NAF, the latest addition to the NU Green collection, which is Uniboard’s most environmentally-friendly moisture-resistant solution. These panels are specially designed to maintain their mechanical properties even in extremely humid environments. For a product to be considered MR50, it must meet the requirements of the 24-hour submersion test (MR10) and the six-cycle accelerated aging test (MR30), as prescribed in the ASNI A208.2-2016 standard.
Patrons are pleased to return to soak in the atmosphere and ambience of a true restaurant experience and the latest interior designs go a long way in affecting all of our senses. Using our complete line of TFL panels and HPL in a wide variety of modern colors and finishes from authentic inspired designs to trendy solids will certainly help restaurateurs achieve the latest hot styles in restaurant design.