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Monday, 11 October 2010
For example, we had a call from a solicitors firm last week, who wanted us to work out some furniture ideas for their reception. The client drew out a rough plan of their reception with measurements for us to work from. The reception area is a relatively small area, with an existing sofa. It was a difficult task because the reception work area needed to be big enough to sit three receptionists comfortably, whilst also adhering to health and safety regulations.
Working from the client's plan, we created a 3D CAD impression of the reception room, with its existing furniture, in order to get an idea of what space we had to work with. In order to optimise the available space for the receptionists, we inverted the normal 'L' shape reception desk style. We inserted a 1.8 m length desk, for two of the receptionists to work comfortably from, and a slightly smaller desk for the other.
We added only one top box to the singular desk, in order to give a little bit more storage space and privacy to the receptionists, should they need it. This way, the rest of the reception unit is left open and welcoming to visitors.
The major problem with the small space, in this case, was the lack of storage space. We all know how paperwork builds up quickly- particularly in a reception environment! We placed a pedestal under the smaller desk, but added another pedestal to the end of the longest desk as there would not be enough space under that desk. In addition, we made the curved component of the reception desk a tambour cupboard, for added storage solutions.
There are a whole range of ideas that can be used for every space that we see. We try our best to find solutions which will be the most helpful and efficient as workspaces for our clients, whilst also designing them so that they look extremely aesthetically pleasing.