Spaceist presents Five Inspirational ideas for a Workplace Canteen



The key to a workplace canteen lies in the functionality of the space and the levels of comfort that can be accommodated. Creating a space where staff can socialise, rejuvenate and take a relaxing lunch break are vital part of any workplace design. Here, we take a look at five different office environments and take inspiration from the style of tables and seating that can enhance a space and lend towards the nature of atmosphere that is created. From light and airy to snug and cozy, our list of the furniture items mentioned below are all available to look at in detail if you clink on the name.


Odnoklassniki, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Located in the centre of St. Petersburg, Russia, the offices for social network company Odnoklassniki features two separate areas; one work and another communication. The communication zone includes the staff kitchen and canteen area. The top floor location allows permeable light adding to the bright and airy atmosphere of the space. Plants add to the tranquil surrounds of the space with a mixture of wooden furnishings and wall features. The space features only high bar tables and bar stools to bring versatility to the area.

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Adding a selection of bar height tables and stools to a staff canteen area presents a varied seating option for staff whilst generating additional seating space. Spaceist presents the JB Waldo 45 table; a bar height option ideal for canteens. The modest design of the table allows it to be used in flexible spaces. With over 100 laminate colour options available, the solid wooden edging also comes in a range of choices.

Compliment the JB Waldo 45 bar height table with the Malmo bar stool. One of our most robust stools, it presents updated design appeal with a traditional touch. The solid wood frame comes in a choice of natural or stained finishes and a plywood seat and back rest. Choose a fabric or leather seat and back option for added colour options.


Walker Media offices, London, UK

Featuring bold and elegant colours, the staff canteen at the offices of Walker Media in London presents effortless design. With around 200 staff to serve, the space presents a mature palette of dark wood tables and benches contrasted alongside comfortable red upholstered sofas and soft seating. The selection of rich colours and traditional bench style seating adds a sophisticated finish to the canteen space.

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Creating a staff canteen space with a classic table and bench set can be achieved with the JB Waldo canteen table ranges. Our most versatile range, this table and bench set are all encompassing with its modest form and robust quality. From 6 seater options to 10 seater, Spaceist can provide special sizes if required. Choose from over 100 laminate tones to complete a colour brand match or desired interior palette.

Ideal for high impact contract use and sustainable against daily wear and tear, the Forty-Six office sofa provides a customisable selection of upholstery options. As well as fabric and leather, an easy to clean faux leather option is also available, coming in a wide choice of colours. Ideal for adding comfortable seating in staff areas, the Forty-Six office sofa can be built around a range of sizes and  with or without arm rests.


Tencent office Guangzhou, China

Formed as part of a network of industrial buildings, the use of materials for the staff canteen at the offices of Tencent presents a comfortable and highly functioning space. To compliment the exterior form of the building and its industrial roots, only a selection of materials have been used throughout. For the canteen area, wood was selected for creating a warming and comfortable atmosphere. Sourced locally, the wooden interior allows a sense of nature to flow throughout the space encompassing staff in their immediate surrounding.

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An interior featuring a full selection of solid wooden furniture might not be possible for all budgets but with the JB Bosa canteen table, it is possible to recreate this look at an economical range without compromising on aesthetic appeal. Featuring a solid wood four leg base, the top is available in a plain colour or wood laminate option. The solid edging comes in a choice of four real wood finishes for a complete look.

Finished with a colourful seat and back option, the ST6N café chair presents an essential wooden chair form with updated appeal. Choose from solid ash, walnut, oak or beech base legs, with a sturdy plywood seat. The bright and colourful lacquered seat is durable for contract use and lightweight enough to be moved around as necessary.


Ministry of Sound Offices, London – UK

A socially interactive space for staff, the canteen at the new offices for Ministry of Sound presents a open and flexible canteen area. The location of the space, by the reception area makes it a central hub of activity. As well as a social area with lounge seating and low reception tables, the canteen area features large tables allowing groups of people to interact. The design is both relaxed and laid back, reinforced by the soft colour palette.

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Ideal for communal canteen spaces, the Contract tables are available in numerous sizes and colour finishes for creating a laid back and contemporary dining area. The thin laminate top comes in three colour options with the choice of chrome or matt aluminium base legs. Choose from four readily available sizes or if required a bespoke size length can also be supplied.

Modishly simple with its sled style base, the Inga café chair comes with a selection of plywood stained or natural finishes. The form of the Inga chair is enhanced with the simple colour options and durable properties making this an ideal option for high impact contract use.

Complete the look an incorporate soft lounge seating in staff canteen areas with the 59 chair. The seat is available in fabric, leather or faux leather and can be upholstered in a wide array of colours. The sturdy chrome base provides ample support whilst the wide width of the seat heightens comfort.


ROLF offices, Moscow, Russia

The Russian offices of ROLF serves over 400 staff each day. To enhance the atmosphere and make it comforting and cozy, the staff canteen has been kept darker then the rest of the areas within the offices. As well as booth seating, lower lighting and a panoramic UV-printed image of a Tokyo night scape adds to the informal mood giving staff heightened comfort from their bright office desks.

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Ideal for areas prone to daily spillages and wear and tear, the highly durable and easy to maintain Modular Sofa range works well. Possible to arrange in cozy booth settings, the Modular sofa comes in an easy to clean vinyl upholstery option. With over 60 seat colours to choose from, the Modular sofa system works well within office and canteen areas.

Create essential dining space with the Inox square café tables. Their stainless steel top and base presents unmatched strength and long lasting support. The Inox table comes in a wide range of square and round sizes making it suitable for varied spaces. To customise the table top, choose from the wide range of laminate or wood laminate options available.

Complement the Inox dining tables with the Ice cafe chair. Suited for contract use, the Ice chair is composed of a scratch resistant plastic seat and durable aluminium base. Ideal for stacking away, the Ice can also be used in outdoor spaces if required. Complete the look with a choice of eight seat colour options.