“Gamache's job was to collect the evidence, but also to collect the emotions. And the only way he knew to do that was to get to know the people. To watch and listen. To pay attention, and the best way to do that was in a deceptively casual way in a deceptively casual setting. Like the bistro.”
Unless you are Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, on the hunt for a murderer among french bistro table sets in Louise Penny’s book, A Fatal Grace, there is nothing deceptive about the casual bistro. Besides, it’s useless to try to hide behind the traditionally slated French bistro furniture unless you are a rogue escargot making one last scootch toward freedom.
Whether you are grabbing a quick bite to eat, relaxing with a cup of coffee and a chat, or doing some detective work, a bistro is supposed to have a relaxed and informal atmosphere. A modest bar, tavern, or informal European-style cafe, a bistro is an original Parisian invention. Landlords used to make and sell large, simple, slow-cooked (cassoulet), and storable meals in their basement kitchens in order to earn an extra buck from the paying public. Now bistros sell quick but healthy bites to eat and you are more than welcome to settle into comfortable french cafe furniture, relax, and eat, read, or chat the day away.
Just like an actual bistro, outdoor french style furniture has a small, unpretentious footprint. Bistro chairs and tables are meant to function in a smaller space or as seating for any patio oasis. Outdoor French furniture usually comes in plastic, aluminum, wood, wrought iron, or metal and blends with any decor. French bistro sets are usually slated for the fast and easy drainage of liquids and foods, making coffee, crepe, and croissant cleanup a breeze. Adding a sophisticated edge to patio furniture, French bistro furniture is a quintessential staple of the bistro and Fermob bistro sets, sold at The Garden Gates, are the world’s most popular line of French outdoor furniture.
Grab some roquefort cheese, a fresh baked Éclaire, and try not to drop any truffles through the slats of your French bistro table. Bistro tables are small tables that typically have round tops and seat two to four people. They are most commonly found in cafes and bistros because they are compact, light, and easy to rearrange - which is why the french bistro tables were made in the first place. French cafe tables are normally slated, so spills drain quickly, saving you from having to change your pants before heading to the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral or the Musée d'Orsay.
Cafe bistro tables are loved because of their size - big enough to eat on but small enough for almost any kind of space - and because they are perfect for a balcony, a porch, or as a kitchen table. A small metal Parisian bistro table is perfect for the patio and a larger, marble top cafe table or cast iron bistro table would be perfect for the kitchen. Metal bistro tables are great for the outdoors because they resist the elements better than wood. Also, a collapsible bistro table is great for limited space or for when company surprises you. It’s best to purchase a Parisian bistro table as a set so you don’t have to worry about separate bistro table legs or bistro table bases, and of course, Parisian bistro chairs complete the ensemble.
What would a table be without chairs? When Michael Thonet began his career as a cabinet maker he probably did not intend to create what would be considered the “chair of chairs.” He simply wanted to make furniture out of bonded wooden slats. His first success, in 1836, was the Boppard layerwood chair. By 1859, he had created Bistro Chair No. 14. His simple, classically designed bistro chair was practical, economical, beautifully shaped, and easily disassembled, providing good reason for the million and millions sold. His timeless model for bistro chairs is still being used in restaurants, homes, office, coffee shops, and bistros across the globe.
Thonet’s original version was the wooden bistro chair. Fitting perfectly and comfortably through every era, wooden bistro chairs mature as they age. The structure loosens and the wood becomes softer - molding itself into an even nicer, tuchus-shaped piece of furniture. Although manufacturers have yet to improve the original wooden chair, they have produced styles of the bistro chair in both plastic and metal. The Garden Gates offers plenty of European Cafe wooden bistro tables and chairs if you are going for a more nostalgic, natural look. Or, if you prefer the metal bistro chair or a vintage bistro chair, The Garden Gates has many styles of Fermob bistro chairs for sale.
Fermob bistro tables and chairs are innovative, practical, and fun French bistro furniture pieces that brings any outdoor space to life. Fermob has beautiful and functional French bistro sets perfect for entertaining, seating, and dining in backyards, on porches and patios, or near pools. Why get a boring, black bistro chair when Fermob has over 24 vibrant colors to choose from? Let the Garden Gates help you find the perfect French bistro chair so you can close your eyes and imagine the sounds of life on Champs-Elysées as it passes by the Arc de Triomphe.