Outlets opt for quality furniture

    Today's decision-makers seeking longevity from products

    F&B outlets in the Middle East are opting for quality over quantity when it comes to selecting new furniture, according to one furniture expert.

    Burgess Furniture regional sales manager — Middle East Ily Fasie said: “In the past few months, I have noticed greater concern with product compliance in adherence with international standards.

    “In recent years we have seen some deals being struck based on purchase cost alone; now buyers in the hospitality industry seem to be revising their buying strategy to prioritise the cost of ownership as a leading decision-making motive.

    “In the Middle East region, our old customers who tried low-cost alternatives are now returning to buy our products again,” she claimed.

    Fasie said that while design trends were moving towards products based on aesthetics rather than performance, many clients were looking to save money by not having to repurchase furniture as often, by initially seeking out more reliable, durable products.

    As well as shifting their focus towards longer-lasting items, outlets in the region were selecting furniture that embraced a “leisure experience”, noted Fasie.

    “There seems to be a greater focus on creating a whole leisure experience in this region — via a fusion of Arabian and contemporary elements, as well as the use of natural materials native to this region, whenever possible,” she added.

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