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5 Reception Desks with High Impact

As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so you better make it count. But how does this relate to office furniture? Well, what’s the first thing your customers, clients, job candidates and investors see when they walk through the doors of your office? Probably a reception desk.

If you’re like many companies, yours is probably something simple, safe and functional that lets visitors know where to check in and gives your receptionist a command post. But if you want to make not only a good first impression, but also a lasting impression, your reception desk better be something more than a counter with a dish of stale candy on it.

Your reception desk is just as important as your company’s homepage and it definitely deserves a little more aesthetic attention than the cubicles hiding in the back of your office.

To help inspire you on your hunt for a unique reception desks, we’ve rounded up examples of amazing reception desks from around the globe that make a statement about the business without having to say a thing. Like Twitter’s industrial-meets-rustic model made with reclaimed boards and topped with a concrete counter or this plywood desk made by Guatemalan company Piegatto Furniture, which looks like it rose out of ancient desert sands.

There are desks made out of unique materials, like the reception desk at the Delft Central Library in the Netherlands made entirely out of books,  and this one at Philadelphia design firm Bahdeebahdu made out of old plastic toys. We also love this giant-silver-ring turned reception desk and this bright, cheery tiled model at a veterinarians office.

Here are a few more to get your creative juices flowing:

Google Hamburg
It seems that no discussion of fun office furniture would be complete without a visit to Google. Here’s a look at the reception desk at the search engine giant’s Hamburg, Germany office. We love how the Google logo is subtly suggested in the colorful light display; it’s both modern and imaginative.
Photo courtesy of Phil Wendler/Flickr

If you’re in the business or buying, selling or showcasing masterpieces, then it’s important to show that you have an eye for art. We’d say that based on this desk featuring patinated steel shapes and a currugated steel privacy panel, the owners of this art consulting firm know what they’re talking about. While this style might not look at home in an accountant’s office, it is perfect for any business with creative pursuits.
Photo courtesy of Phil Manker/Flickr

Gensler Reception Desk
When this Austin-based design and architecture firm moved in 2011, they wanted their lobby to showcase a sleek, modern aesthetic unlike any of their competitors. That desire resulted in this sculptural bone-esque desk, which we’d say is certainly reflects a firm that wants to think outside the box.
Photo courtesy of Blue Genie Art/Flickr

Arnolds Office Furniture

Of course, a beautiful, custom-made reception desk isn’t always the most budget-friendly for most businesses…unless you can find a used model for sale, which is where your friends at Arnolds come in. We have a variety of reception desks in stock right now at a fraction of the retail cost. If one-of-a-kind is what you’re looking for, we have that, too.


This custom-made reception station is more of a sculpture than a desk, and will impress clients with it’s beautiful and modern lines. (You’ll love the price at just $7,500).

For a more traditional look, this gorgeous mahogany desk topped with granite is superb condition and available for just $8,500 (pennies compared with its original $25,000 price tag).

Reception desks make a statement. Does yours say what you’d like?

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