Albeit with a fair amount of caution and trepidation, people are returning to their favourite restaurants, cafes and bars, whose doors have been shut since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. For those businesses that have withstood the initial impact of the pandemic, this is a time of rebirth. Service may never look the same – the safety of reusable items, how to implement social distancing among staff and guests and thorough sanitization procedures are only a few of the considerations hospitality entrepreneurs must make now, according to the Institute of Hospitality.

While rethinking hospitality spaces for the pandemic era needs to be comprehensive in terms of safety – a topic Frame has explored in detail – this time provides an opportunity for business owners to reimagine their interiors with new design elements too. Below we share a collection of chairs and barstools which can help give an updated look to reopened dining and drinking spaces.


Header and above: Ace dining and barstool by Hans Hornemann for Normann Copenhagen;

Jubel chair by Forsix for Gaber;

Hula barstool by Benjamin Hubert for Andreu World;

Blend barstool by Nendo for Stellar Works; Photo: Akihiro Yoshida

Moca chair by Jasper Morrison for Vitra; Photo: Lorenz Cugini

Grand Slam barstool by Alex Gufler for Ton;

Touchwood Family by Lars Beller Fjetland for Hem; Photo: Erik Lefvander

Fugu chair by Jasper Morrison for Maruni;

Click chair by Estudio Sancal for Sancal;

Adell chair by Lievore + Altherr Désile Park for Arper; Photo: Salva Lopez

Read our post-pandemic hospitality design series here, and an overview of our #FrameLive talk on the subject here.