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How to Design an Office Reception Area in 2022

The reception area is the first thing you see when you enter an office, making it one of the most important areas of the space. It’s also the perfect place to give employees and guests a strong first impression of your company’s identity and brand.

Here are a few important tips for designing the perfect reception area.

Set the Tone

Reception is the place to set the tone for what your company is all about. Think about walking into the offices of Google or Instagram. You expect their reception areas to represent the modern, tech-focused vibe of the brand from the moment you walk through the door.

Use this versatile space to do the same for your own company! Even the standard reception desk can be incorporated in a creative way.

For desks, quartz is a great alternative to marble, as it’s more affordable but gives the same sleek, modern look and texture. It’s also very durable, making it a great material for high transaction activity like receiving courier packages.

Another one of our clients—an animation studio—requested a chic vignette coffee bar station at reception for guests to mingle, enjoy refreshments and experience the company’s collaborative vibe.

Modern, Trendy Seating

A young startup will incorporate reception seating differently than a bank, however, a few common threads can make every reception seating area modern and stylish.

Sectionals and banquettes are timeless options. They are also great pieces to showcase your company colours via fabrics and upholstery. For shipping company DP World, we added bright orange hexagonal seating to contrast the cool grey banquette, creating a trendy vibe.

Creative Signage and Feature Wall Treatment

Finally, your company’s logo and signage should be front and centre in your reception area. In 2022 and beyond, more companies are swapping out standard lettering for creative alternatives.

For our client Canderel, we opted for a sleek moss wall in lieu of lettering, giving the space a warm and natural vibe the moment you enter. If you wish to keep lettering, give it a modern upgrade by laser-cutting the letters and logo, or have them sit on elevated pins to add the 3D effect as we did with DP World.

Visit our projects to see our past work, or reach out to us for your next commercial design project.


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