50 Reception Desks Featuring Interesting And Intriguing Designs

The reception desk is the first thing visitors get to see when entering a hotel, office, salon, etc. It’s where guests are greeted and it says a lot about the whole establishment in general. It has to look friendly and interesting and modern reception desks usually have these things covered. They come in all sorts of unusual shapes and with unique designs specifically adapted to make guests feel welcomed.

Reception desks made of wood.

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The wood and glass combination is common in modern designs and can often come in surprising forms. The way the two materials work together feels really natural.{found on antoniogardoni}.

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Wood is the go-to material for pretty much any kind of project and reception desks are no different. Given how versatile wood is and in how many different forms it’s available, you’ll see here a ton of unique and unusual reception desk designs, one more interesting than the other.

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The Sierra Club in San Francisco welcomes its guests with a reception desks that’s a stack of timber beams with built-in planters. An appropriate look for an environmental association.

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Would you be surprised to enter a hotel and find that the reception desk is a 25-foot-long eucalyptus log?

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The light gets through the cracks in the wood blocks and this gives the reception desk a really cool look.

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The Abbaye de Fontevraud Hotel in Anjou, France has a very welcoming reception area that combines old and new in the most harmonious way.

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Reclaimed wood has a unique charm and this Twitter front desk actually looks pretty cool in this setting.

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The weathered look of the reclaimed wood desk combined with the pallet table add warmth to the gray décor.{found on archdaily}.

Concrete designs.

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Also super versatile but a bit more modern, concrete is a material known for its ability to stand out in the most unusual ways. As far as reception desks go, concrete can make them look rough around the edges, sleek and stylish, sophisticated or even rustic, depending on how you want it.

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The round edges soften the harsh and ragged nature of the material.

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The harmonious blend of concrete and wood results is a really beautiful balance.

One-of-a-kind designs.

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Unique, one-of-a-kind designs are definitely the most interesting. They’re adapted to specific conditions and they come in the most unusual forms. A reception desk that has a unique designs is sure to be memorable, meaning that it will get stuck in the minds of everyone who sees it which is a great way to be remembered.

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The Chic & Basic Ramblas Hotel has one of the most imaginative reception desks we’ve seen so far. It’s made out of suitcases of different shapes and sizes.{found on yatzer}.

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A library desk made of recycled books – now that’s appropriate!

Minimalist and eye-catching.

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The simplest designs are sometimes the best ones. And contemporary reception areas almost always employ this strategy. They manage to stand out and be eye-catching in all sorts of cool ways. In some cases, the desk itself has nothing to do with this.{found on plataformaarquitectura}.

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Take this one for example. Look how simple the desk is. It’s that impressive light fixture arrangement that adds the wow factor.

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Simple and luxurious, this reception desk uses LED strips to highlight its design.

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In a lot of cases, a simple design uses shape to stand out. The Cisco office in San Francisco lets us illustrate this very idea.

Geometric shapes.

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Most often it’s the shape of a piece of furniture that defines its overall design. Geometric shapes are often applied when designing modern reception desks because it allows them to be customized in the simplest way possible.

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Geometric designs are also known for their abstract look and versatility.

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The industrial flair of this reception area combined with the minimalist aesthetic contribute to an overall modern and chic décor.{found on dezeen}.

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This designs has that futuristic look often seen in contemporary designs.{found on site}.

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The reception desk seems to be a natural continuation of the ceiling.{found on archello}.

Tech companies and their creative reception area designs.

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Tech companies have some of the most interesting and intriguing designs and this, of course, includes the reception desks. They employ out-of-the-box approaches, using unusual materials, combinations of colors, unique shapes and all sorts of elements designed to enhance creativity.

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This Google office is surprisingly old-fashioned, featuring a brick front desk that matches the accent wall behind it. However, you don’t see brick reception desks every day so that’s unusual.

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In this case, the reception desk blends in perfectly and disappears into the background. An interesting way to stand without actually doing it.

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Casual designs are really popular. A relaxed mind is a productive and efficient mind.

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In some cases, it’s the surrounding environment that makes a reception desk stand out by comparison.

Modern salon reception desk designs.

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Salons can be of numerous different types but they all share in common one thing: they all make their guests feel welcomed in a warm and friendly way. In other words, creating a feeling of comfort is very important and it has to be created right from the start. That’s when the reception desks come into discussion.

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The reception desk from the Top Indianapolis Salon is casual and luxurious at the same time. In fact, the whole area looks sophisticated without overdoing it.

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A super cute look for a hair salon reception. The wooden desk doesn’t feel imposing at all even if it’s the largest piece of furniture there.{found on standishsalongoods}.

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The Petra Mechurova Hair Salon in Prague looks really stylish and sophisticated and the cedar front desk is one of the most interesting elements.{found on yossawat}.

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Don’t you just love how comfy and friendly this beauty salon reception area feels? The desk matches the floor color and the lighting is so subtle and pleasant.{found on flickr}.

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This one has a more traditional look and a more ornate design.{found on site}.

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Salon Glo has one of the most glamorous reception areas we’ve seen so far. The front desk lights up and glows in a subtle but exquisite way.

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This reception has a zen-inspired look, although the uneven and asymmetrical desk may drive some people crazy.