This reception desk combines wood, steel and canvas and was designed as a sculpture rather than a two dimensional object. An in-house design charette was conducted with all the designs then voted upon by the firm’s members. The winning design was transformed from sketches and a three-dimensional model into an exceptional furniture piece.
The design called for a palette of materials that related to each element’s form and function. The use of wood played a key role in the reception desk’s form. The horizontal work surfaces were constructed from cherry and are finished to compliment other furniture and finishes throughout the office space. The grain and highly polished finish of the cherry wood was perfect for the organic form of the design providing a wonderful contrast to the more rigid forms of the plywood and steel. The vertical support members were made from Baltic birch plywood and the faces of this material provide a contrasting, yet complimentary, color to the horizontal cherry surfaces. The edges of the supports expose the woodpiles, accentuating the verticality and composition of the material.
The canvas panels were designed as an interchangeable display, to showcase current projects, house a welcome sign for visiting clients, or a portfolio of completed works. The counterpart of the canvas panels is the display panels hung in the firm’s conference room. The design for these panels utilizes glass panes sandwiched together to hold photographs of projects. These display panels are versatile allowing frequent change to the photographs/artwork displayed in order for the firm to remain flexible using this as a marketing tool. The supports of these panels are constructed from Baltic birch, plywood and steel, and employ the same forms found in the reception desk.
By combining these materials and forms a reception desk was created that no only greets, but also makes a statement about the firm. It has become a physical demonstration of the firm’s motto: “consultants to the built environment.”