Story at a glance:

  • Grand Rapids Chair Company unveils its new brand: Only Good Things.
  • Only Good Things’ new collection of kitchen seating is made from sustainably harvested wood.
  • Designers come from Michigan, Minnesota, Australia, and more.

After 20 years in the contract furniture industry, Grand Rapids Chair Company has launched a playful collection of chairs and tables for residential kitchens, so you’ll have plenty of seating options for your next sustainable kitchen design.

Called Only Good Things, every piece of furniture from the new brand is made-to-order with sustainably harvested wood from northeastern American forests and US-sourced steel. Each is also finished with an antimicrobial, commercial grade topcoat that stands up to tough stains. Each piece will be tested to BIFMA standards.

“Twenty years ago with Grand Rapids Chair Company we set out to create a brand centered around high-quality, high design, and accessible pieces. Today we’re bringing that same passion to the residential market,” says Dean Jeffrey, creative director for Only Good Things. “These pieces aren’t just aesthetically pleasing; they are tested to strict durability standards that most other brands ignore, making them an investment people can be proud of.”

The new collection includes chairs, stools, tables, and outdoor furniture that is durable, light, and modern—with strong lines and soft seating.

Only Good Things includes work from award-winning designers all over the globe, including Dowel Jones of Australia, Tim Stoepker of Grand Rapids’ Filter Studio, Paul James of Minneapolis, and Joey Ruiter of Grand Rapids.

All pieces will be made to order in the US and are now available for purchase with a two-week lead time on new orders. A design-trade program is available for trade professionals and includes options to customize fabric or finish.

Design Details

1. Classic Wood

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Brooke Chair and Hurdle Stool from Only Good Things. Courtesy of Only Good Things

The Brooke chair (pictured above at left) is a fresh take on a classic wood dining chair with a beech wood frame, slatted back, rounded details, and upholstery options that soften the shape for a modern look. This chair is offered with a simple wood seat, and upholstered seat options are available.

The Hurdle Stool (seen above at right) fits right at home in many spaces with its minimal design and strong materials like the white oak seat and steel base. The Hurdle Stool is made using a 1-inch solid wood seat atop powder coated steel tube frame and legs.

2. Modern Metal

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Sherman Chair from Only Good Things. Courtesy of Only Good Things

The Sherman Dining Chair blurs the lines between industrial and modern American design. This metal dining chair is made with a beech wood or upholstered seat and a steel frame and legs with three-quarter-inch thick foam on the seat.

3. Shell Seat

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Harper Stool from Only Good Things. Courtesy of Only Good Things

The Harper Counter Stool puts a comfortable spin on the basic counter stool with an x-shaped steel base and a soft, snug shell seat. The stool includes a molded plywood shell finished with powder-coated steel frame and legs. Upholstered models feature a half-inch thick foam on the seat.