Future-proofing the outdoor hospitality sector.


Brew92 Palazzo Riyadh

As a number of countries around the world begin easing—or planning to ease—their coronavirus lockdown restrictions, both the inside and outdoor hospitality sector is gradually reopening. This is welcome news, especially in the UK, for example, where the hospitality sector’s revenues plummeted by £80.8 billion between April 2020 and March 2021. While there is an initial focus on outdoor eating and drinking, the measured return to indoor dining will mean that businesses must think about how they operate in both the short- and long-term. The coronavirus pandemic has brought about a need to reassess the time-honoured rules of hospitality. When the pandemic has abated (although it is suggested that COVID-19 will likely be with us forever), it cannot be assumed that people will once again act naturally—the impact of the pandemic on our future social interactions and behaviour is as yet undetermined. For that reason, the planning and designing of outdoor spaces, and indeed indoor, should aim to future-proof the hospitality sector.

The availability of outdoor trading space differs from country to country, and is impacted by factors such as the weather and local planning regulations. If we take the UK, for instance, just two in five licensed premises have some form of outdoor space available to them: a garden, terrace, car park, or other area in which guests can be seated. Premises with no outside space will need to find imaginative solutions if they are to trade. In these circumstances, local authorities can take a proactive approach to opening up street spaces. A business might consider lobbying its local council, asking them to temporarily cone off an area of the street or to think about pedestrianising it altogether. One solution is to implement the timed pedestrianisation of streets, where any business deliveries are made by an agreed time—the street can then be given over to al-fresco dining.

Parklet at Kaafi Coffee

The Wellhead Bar Bristol

While there is no absolute panacea for issues raised by limited outdoor dining space, creative low-cost and scalable solutions can be found. One such solution is the construction of a parklet, a public space that sits on or alongside a pavement, and typically involves redesigning a number of on-street parking spaces. In Belfast, The Ormeau Parklet is a trial placemaking project, with the aim of testing how the city can creatively redesign its public spaces. The parklet was formed using five on-street parking spaces, and is separated from the busy road by seasonally appropriate planting and corten steel (with its oxidised surface, it has a warm, red appearance). Low walled planters provide impromptu seating, while local cafes and restaurants (who prior to the parklet had no outdoor space), can use the space to set up tables and chairs.

Whatever type of outdoor space a business plans to use, at present it must adhere to a government’s covid restrictions. In the UK these include: the two metre rule between people/tables, the placement of screens (though not mandatory), and the erecting of shelters—at least fifty percent of any shelter must be open. Businesses might also use one-way routes and phone app ordering systems. Moreover, because of the pandemic, consumers and diners are likely to be cautious, and more attuned to hygiene measures as well as their proximity to others.

Francis Outdoor Easy Chair

Bread Lab London

Of course, businesses will need to take the customer experience into consideration. The outdoor space should be pleasing—appearance and ambience are an important part of hospitality. If the setting is a pavement, it should be designed where possible to encompass people, ensuring they feel separate from the street and traffic. Planters and plants will divide an outdoor space: they’re practical, attractive, and make for a more interesting backdrop. A canopy or umbrella is inviting and great for regions with changeable weather conditions. If a business has a garden, the outdoor space can be delineated by a raised level, such as a deck—this provides diners with a different perspective and they feel as though they are stepping into a distinct space. Furniture is also a key factor. Discerning diners will seek out places that prioritise comfort and have an aesthetic quality. Liqui’s sleek Francis Easy Chair has a contract grade steel frame with a selection of colours, finished in a polyester powder coating. With an outdoor upholstery option, this contemporary armchair adds an easy ambience to any outdoor hospitality setting.

Restaurant branding is a crucial component of any outdoor space, and businesses should seek to bring their branding outside with a logo, colourways, and textiles. Consumers who knew a business before covid may expect to see a level of service reminiscent of those times, and it will be important to listen to their views and opinions. A business can also think about its digital presence, and work to drive traffic to its website via social media: here, customers can make online bookings, and find out more about a business’s current offer and future plans. Having the right technology in place will be essential, for example, providing diners with the ability to place an order by using an app on their smartphone.

Remembering that indoor drinking and dining will once again be made available, any period where people are confined to outside spaces provides a perfect opportunity for a business to invest in its interior space. Whether it’s a deep clean, a spruce up, or a redesign, giving attention to the inside can pay dividends now and in the time ahead. For those businesses in the hospitality sector, the covid pandemic has entailed extended periods of closure, a number of legislative changes, and unplanned, additional expenditure. Now, businesses will need to adopt a ‘pandemic mindset’. Instead of viewing covid-related measures as temporary, city planners and businesses should think about future-proofing work that has already begun. If planners prioritise flexibility and accessibility, public spaces can adapt and improve. In spaces that have been modified, for example, a short-term street closure, we might ask whether or not it can be made permanent. It is actions such as these that will help to benefit the hospitality sector in the future.


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Liqui goes ‘back to basics’ for Brew92.


Liqui Contracts has completed its fourth specialty coffee shop interior for Brew92, a Saudi Arabian-based speciality cafe and roastery. The second coffee shop interior located in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, the Palazzo is a coffee shop design of two halves – with one half of the walls, floors and ceiling being finished in black and the other in natural coloured wood. The design ties in with Brew92’s latest ‘Back To Basics’ approach which puts their specialty coffee at the heart of everything. The style aesthetic was followed through in the cafe interior with a long coffee bar design, making the ground floor of this two-storey coffee shop ideal for socialising around the coffee counter.

In keeping with Brew92’s other flagship coffee stores, Liqui has used its own furniture and lighting throughout this cafe interior—all pieces were designed and manufactured in Britain, using sustainable materials and combining traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation.

The coffee shop furniture used includes Milne Chairs and Studio Coffee Tables paired with the classic Work Lamps hanging above. These, along with other Liqui designed furniture, such as the new Shaw Shelves are all finished in a ‘black on black’ colourway which fits with the overall interior design.

In addition, black Splice lights are suspended over the bar and across the ceiling creating a feature bespoke installation cascading down the stairwell. This leads visitors to explore the upstairs, where there is a more relaxed seating area using the Studio Easy Chairs in black leather with black frames as well as all black Fraser Sofas.

Brew92 coffee shops are in the vanguard of Saudi Arabia’s growing, modern coffee scene—one that provides an alternative to the traditional Arabic coffee culture. They are part of an increasingly visible third wave coffee movement, appealing to millennials and coffee connoisseurs alike. Liqui Group has forged a unique partnership with Brew92 and is extremely happy about its part in creating this new coffee revolution within Saudi Arabia.

For more information, please see the article on Archiproducts.

Liqui Group are longlisted for Design Studio of the Year 2020.






Liqui Group announce USA launch.




Interior design practice Liqui Group, are well-known for their award-winning coffee shop design projects, with clients around the globe in Saudi Arabia,  UK  and  The  Netherlands,  Liqui  Group  has set up shop in the trendy Fashion District DTLA, of Downtown Los Angeles. Expanding their contract division to North American clients, Liqui Group is offering  their  full  turn-key  design  services  including;  commercial  interior  design,  furniture  and  lighting design.

After  a  successful  presence  at  the  Los  Angeles  Coffee  Festival  earlier  this  month –  Liqui  Groups’ interior design practice, has made it its mission to partner with highly skilled furniture manufacturers and architectural/ interior contractors  based  in  Southern  California,  establishing  a  strong  team  that  will  oversee  their  interior projects, with the same commitment to traditional techniques, allied with a modern sustainable approach, as that of their UK headquarters.

‘The decision to expand Liqui Group to the US seems like a natural step’ – says Cameron Fry, Liqui Group’s Founder. ‘We work on projects all over the world, designing some of the best coffee shop design experiences, and felt it was time to explore the US market, starting with one of our favorite regions.’ ‘The coffee industry in Southern California is moving at a real pace, and as one of the leaders in the sector, it seems silly not to embark in this new venture.’ — adds Cameron.

New interior design practice Liqui Group, launch in downtown LA

New LA interior design practice Liqui Group, launch their downtown office       Interior design practice Liqui Group, launch their Los Angeles Office

Liqui Group interior design practice , launch in downtown LA

Liqui Contracts – 100% Design.





Liqui Contracts will return to 100% Design with a creative collection of new furniture and lighting, presented in an impressive, handmade wooden pavilion inspired by trees and a canopy of leaves. It’s the ideal showcase for this innovative British manufacturer, whose commitment to traditional techniques, allied with a modern, sustainable approach, is capturing the imagination of a diverse range of customers. With this in mind, Liqui is keen to wow visitors at 100% Design, the UK’s largest trade event for industry professionals.

Design London

At 100% Design, Liqui Contracts will be part of Design London, a carefully curated selection of brands chosen for their focus on high-quality design, exceptional craftsmanship and thorough attention to detail. Contributing to London’s status as a world design capital, the brands featured in Design London will show their work in a specially created area during 100% Design. For Liqui, this is the perfect opportunity to present its considered design ethos, process and approach, alongside a number of contemporaries.

Honest, well-made, functional and aesthetic furniture and lighting

Following months of prototyping and crafting, with sleeves rolled up and much toil at its Brighton-based workshop, Liqui Contracts will show thirteen products at 100% Design. A collection of chairs, tables, shelves and lights, these products reflect Liqui’s desire to create honest, well-made, functional and aesthetic furniture and lighting.

The quirky Moore Chair and Moore Stool, with a single ‘eye’ placed on one side of the backrest, take their name from Patrick Moore, the eccentric monocle-wearing English astronomer. Made from formed beech ply and a steel wire frame (and available in oak veneer or upholstered versions), the characterful Moore Chair and Stool are ideal for use in coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. Also perfectly suited to a range of hospitality settings, the Delores Chair and Delores Stool each have a lozenge-shaped, padded backrest and seat, set on a tubular steel frame. The smart, modern dining chair and bar chair/stool offer great design versatility: upholstery is available in a variety of fabrics and leathers, and the tubular steel frame can be specified in any colour choice.


Inspired by the Milan-based Memphis movement, Georgie is a bold series of tables created with a postmodern aesthetic. The Georgie Coffee Table, Side Table and Cafe Table each consist of a wooden tabletop, metal column and base, and make an eye-catching addition to any coffee shop and restaurant. With its Japanese and Scandinavian design influences, the Shaw Shelving unit makes a handsome bookcase or display case, and takes its name from Irish playwright and author George Bernard Shaw. What’s more, in Old English the word ‘shaw’ means ‘woodland’—entirely apt, as the shelving is handmade in Britain using sustainably sourced solid oak. In the manner of the Shaw Shelving unit, the Shaw Coffee Table and Shaw Side Table draw inspiration from Japanese and Scandinavian design. These elegant solid oak tables are also handmade in Britain using sustainably sourced timber.



The Whittington glass pendant is a contemporary capsule-shaped light that harks back to those classic lighting styles of the 1920s. With its opal glass shade and a hand turned wooden cap (in oak or ash), the Whittington pendant—used individually, in a row or in a cluster—makes a stirring statement. Margot is a spun aluminium pendant light that’s made by spinning a metal plate at high speed on a lathe. With an integrated hand tool, a craftsman forms the light shade around a mould. Owing to the spinning process, Margot was named after English ballerina Margot Fonteyn. The pendant is available in large and small versions, in plain aluminium with a lacquered finish or in any colour choice.

Liqui Contracts’ birch canopy-like pavilion stand

The clever design of Liqui Contracts’ trade stand at 100% Design will provide an exciting showcase for its work. Conceived as a canopy-like pavilion, the stand, constructed from sustainably sourced birch ply, embodies Liqui’s proactive approach to design and craftsmanship. Despite its large size, the stand’s wood structure will be open, warm and inviting. And built on a larger scale, it will be noticeable from different vantage points. To create an airy pavilion space, an open canopied framework is supported by tree-like columns. Sitting on a raised floor, the pavilion is divided into four tiered areas, each perfectly suited to displaying Liqui’s collection of furniture and lighting. Low walls decorated with small diagonal perforations are used to separate the display areas.

In creating this impressive stand, Liqui is able to highlight its creative, multidisciplinary approach: one that includes the design of contract furniture and lighting, commercial interiors, exhibitions and trade stands.

Liqui Contracts has its complete range of products available to view online. Click here to view their website and their contract furniture and lighting options.










Theodore Bench Desk System.



Our Theodore Bench Desk System has been longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2019!!

The Theodore was designed for multiple configurations, making it a very adaptable office desk solution. The bench system has integrated cable
trays and is constructed from a sustainably sourced FSC oak frame with a real oak veneered birch ply top; which means the desk benches are
both durable and environmentally friendly.

To find out more about this amazing and versatile office desk solution, please visit the Liqui Contracts product page: https://liquicontracts.com/theodore-bench-desk-system/

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