Whether you’re looking to dazzle people with a high end finish, communicate your brand ethos through distinctive design, or simply show people a good time, an impressive office reception could be just the thing you need to impress.

Kailee Lane

Senior Designer

29th May 2019

1: The Juice Bar

You’ll be forgiven for getting this one confused with your local café! The reception we designed and built for Nuffield Health removes the formality of a reception desk and welcomes clients to a juice bar instead. Wheatgrass smoothie, anyone?

With its emphasis on people and wellbeing, Nuffield Health’s reception makes clients and staff feel revived, relaxed and ready to tackle the day. This is also reflected in our 2017 design trends, where we’re seeing an increased influence of domestic interiors in office fit outs.

2: The Bakerloo line

This super cool urban-style reception was a big hit for the fast-growing American tech company, Splunk.

The reception pays homage to the nearby Paddington tube station, through exposed brickwork ‘tunnels’ with corrugated iron-effect doors, Banksy inspired graffiti and exposed services in the ceiling. For a bit of contrast, the reception desk is made from a Queen Anne-style dining table. No wonder this was voted the coolest office in the UK.

3: The living room

When designing the reception for luxury residential property developer Taylor Wimpey Central London, we wanted to create the sense that clients were being welcomed into an oversized luxury living room. We used this opportunity to reflect the high-quality finishes used in the client’s developments; from plush carpets to beige slipper chairs with luxurious blue velvet cushions.

The sophisticated living room feel is completed with a dark brown shelving unit that features an integrated flat-screen television – perfect for communicating brand messages or showing relevant programming.

4: The atrium

The reception area at AMC Networks really has the ‘wow factor’. The high-gloss finish to the floor, walls and reception desk is enhanced by clever strip lighting around the perimeter walls and furniture. There's an oversized screen showing the network's latest programming before going through to the full-height atrium, where light flows through the space and down the central staircase.

5: Best of British

Nothing says British better than the original 1960s Mini Cooper, and that's exactly what Rackspace wanted clients to see when they walked through the doors of their UK HQ.

We took the theme even further and decided to place British icons around the office; from using iconic red phone booths as quiet call rooms to installing a mural of London's skyline across the wall of the staff cafe, and even theming one of the meeting rooms with the external facade of 10 Downing Street (PM included)!