Offices and agencies get more and more creative these days when it comes to their spaces. The days of boring cubicle and reception areas are long gone, as employers are beginning to realize how important it is to provide an environment that triggers or activates their employees’ creativity. An office space doesn’t have to be located in a prominent building. As long as the surroundings are conducive and vibrant, it will definitely stir one’s creative juices.
Below are some eye-catching reception desks that may serve as your office design inspiration. These desks are definitely a standout and delivered a great first impression, allowing people to remember a particular place. Enjoy!
I find it hard to make a list of amazing offices without mentioning Pixar. It’s just unimaginable how the staff manage to pull off any kind of work with so many fun things to play with. And yet, it’s the reason why they come up such creative ideas in this kind of environment.
The Pixar studios use a cubicle system and each desk is customized according to their employee’s tastes. The receiving area is highlighted with various characters, including Buzz and Woody, with The Incredibles guarding the area. The place is littered with impressive wallpapers, scooters, space hoppers, and the building even has its own bar!
The Ramblas Hotel, Barcelona
The Ramblas Hotel in Barcelona is located in one of the most energetic areas of the city: Las Ramblas. A reception desk designed of luggage will greet you upon entering the area, which is a great way for a hotel to be remembered. This unique desk is designed by Lagranja and built out of luggage and suitcases of different colors, shapes, and sizes. There’s a mixture of tiny and huge suitcases, both old and new, which have become a part of the desk that add character to the whole place.
Cartoon Network, Atlanta
Like Pixar, the Cartoon Network offices adopt a cubicle system, which in most cases, people will find mundane and boring. However, nothing is dull in this office. There’s a good chance their employees won’t see each other, but that’s because each workspace is built to the taste of the employee.
Many employees designed their desks with the theme of children’s entertainment, but I saw some bright and colorful ones covered with magnets, stickers, photos, and other craftsy stuff.
Quirky is a New York City tech company that allows people to transform their fun ideas into usable products. The office is the product of the creativity of the Spector Group and is found in the Chelsea neighborhood of the Big Apple.
The Quirky office is basically an old warehouse with quite the unique reception desk: a repurposed locker with compartments you see in a typical high school setting, some open, others locked. This industrial aesthetic really fits the area well.
The Japan office of the mighty Google is draped in bright walls with loud patterns and the most unique looking furniture and desks. Each department has their own space designed as far as their creativity will take them. It’s one of the workplaces you wished you have, something that you’d want to spend time from nine to five.
The Pride and Glory, Krakow
The Pride and Glory office was designed by Morpho Studio and is adorned with unique designs, and the receiving area is no exception. The desk is built using reclaimed wooden boards, which they got after the centennial-old house was demolished. I guess you could say there’s a lot of history behind the desk.
Google is one of the best places to work in, so don’t be surprised another one made it on the list. The Zurich office is probably my favorite, and how employees manage to work and not play here beats me.
Apart from the amazing receptionist area littered with bean bags and drop lights, there’s plenty of room to relax and have fun, such as a massage room, an entertainment room where you can play billiards and foosball, movie room, and there’s even a jungle room and an area where you can slide down a fireman’s pole. Each office comes with a theme and if employees want to grab a beer by the end of the day, you bet they can in their own bar.
JW associates, Shanghai
This firm practices multidisciplinary designs whose practice includes architecture, product design, and interior design. So it shouldn’t surprise you why their desk is one spectacle to behold. The initial concept of the office’s design was to create an environment that can accommodate both working and emotional states from the solitary and calm to enthusiastic group interaction. They have gotten rid of excessive decor in favor of practicality and function relying on the colors grey, white, and warm, natural wood.
The receiving area is particularly pleasing to the eye, featuring a desk that looks like a pile of random planks stacked together. It makes you think that it’s a temporary desk when in fact the design is well planned.
Airbnb, San Francisco
According to the company’s vice president of design, the Airbnb design team designed their project rooms with tall desk, pinboards, whiteboards, and huge displays. Their employees can change the design of their offices at will and they’re free to work in the many open spaces around the office. The receiving area is marked with clean lines and modern artwork, and a desk that’s essentially a wooden box, designed so that it forms a trapezoid shape. It’s quirky and unique and gives you a great first impression of their HQ.
Shopify moved to their Ottawa headquarters in 2014, which was designed by a leading architecture firm to create an office that you don’t want to leave. The building has six floors in total, and each one has a different theme, with a lot of corners that you can relax and put your feet up a fun looking desk. The receiving area looks nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s designed in a way that would prepare you for the amazing things to discover in their HQ.