Otago Furn 5926

Arana College

An American Diner in a University Dining Hall.
A 50 ‘s influenced American style Diner within a dining hall at a Hall of Residence, that was the brief. Our client wanted us to come up with something that had a little twist to it, not just a literal take on an American Diner. They wanted it to be lots of fun, something that created an atmosphere, over and above the day to day buzz of student life.

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It’s been a real hit with the students and University staff too. Reserved signs are becoming a regular feature in the Diner and for University staff meetings too.


The build quality and material choices needed to be capable of withstanding high daily use in a demanding student dining hall environment. The furniture needed to have permanence but also have the ability to be moved occasionally. Table surfaces needed to be easy to clean and maintain. Heavy gauge metal bases for the tables and breakfast bar, ensured that they'd be as solid as a rock.  


Hard wearing red vinyl seats and backs, complimented with white vinyl piping. The seats have a 5% angle, which is set up in the metal sub-frame, all for additional comfort. They are fully webbed and foamed up, a good solid base to build on. The high backs in addition have a privacy panel creating more conversation privacy between booths. The panel is hard wearing and the additional height sets off the pieces.