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Key Elements of a Modern, Functional Reception Space

The reception area is the entrance to your business, and generally, the first impression clients get of your business up close. The longer your clients and visitors are likely to sit here, the more important that the area create a comfortable and enjoyable experience. In 2020, we must add to that, a “safe” experience as well, especially as pertains to your employees. Businesses that rely significantly on a reception area for guests, potential hires, VIPS, and clients, should go the extra mile to ensure waiting and being received is pleasant, safe for all concerned, and says or presents something about your brand..

That being understood, there are a number of common elements that make for outstanding reception area’s, even on a limited budget. Here’s a few thoughts from the experts at BE.

Invest in a Proper Reception Desk

Reception desks are very specific pieces and come in all shapes and sizes from a wide variety of different manufacturers. Reception desks are generally a bit higher than a normal desk and can go from between 28” and 34” high. Key considerations include whether there will be more than one receptionist, will they stand or sit? What kinds of work will they be doing when there is no one to receive?  What kind of phone system will you have and will the desk require a computer, special video, building management consoles, or other equipment? At BE we help companies select from hundreds of styles with all these capabilities and more, even custom built items.

The reception desk is functional for sure but it should have a style consistent with your brand and the impression you are trying to create.  Stability, for a law firm, and creativity for a marketing firm, etc…

New to some reception desks in 2020 are sneeze guards though many desks used in the healthcare industry have long had these in some form or another. A sneeze guard is typically a clear acrylic barrier that is both easy to clean and prevents direct exchange of bodily fluids however they may be discharged. These can be easily retrofitted to most existing reception desks so no need to chuck out your old furniture if it suits you in all other respects. Sneeze guards on your reception desk protect your clients but mostly they protect your employee’s and are probably something that will be around now, long after COVID-19 is done.

Seating

Seating choices in your reception area are dictated by a number of things:

  1. How many people will be waiting simultaneously?
  2. How long will they typically wait?
  3. How often is your reception area used?
  4. How comfortable do you want it to be?
  5. Are your visitors typically alone or in groups?

Your answers to the above questions may dictate whether you use couches or chairs, how separate the areas are, whether they share lighting and tables while they wait.

Then there are the matters of color, company brand style, durability of fabrics and for 2020 the cleanability of the furniture and materials used. As the area with the highest potential for bringing uninvited microbes into your business, your reception seating needs the most diligent cleaning protocols of any area of your company. New furniture and materials make this much easier, while allowing you the diversity of colors, patterns and materials to design to your heart’s content.

Functional Colors

In a recent study “Impact of color on marketing,” it was found that up to 90% of choices made about a particular product or brand all other things being equal, are based on color alone. Your reception area is a gateway to your business, and your color choices need to be deliberate based on what you are trying to acheive. Do you want a calm, functional space? Then look for mostly natural, muted colors and add accents of color with chosen pieces.  Do you want to be dramatic? Then rich, vibrant colors are the key. Whatever your choice, it should be consistent with your brand image, and the impression you are trying to create.

 Accessories

Make sure your reception area is up to date with modern lifestyles. People often want to recharge – their phones, laptops, earbuds, or iPads while waiting. Install easily accessible USB or power outlets wherever you can. A key element to a modern reception area is good Wifi. Your customers won’t mind the long wait as much, if they have a hot coffee, a place to charge their device, and good Wifi.

Signature Statements

Consider investing in signature items in your reception area that makes space truly yours. Things like fresh bouquets, a functional art piece from a local gallery, a bold company graphic, or a statement chandelier can leave a big brand impression.

Businesses don’t need to sacrifice their style to make a reception area accommodating. Spend time and the money to make this room as clean and welcoming as possible while keeping your company style and brand present

Modern Reception Design Ideas for the New Office Reality

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office design and contemporary office furniture company, offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive, healthcare conscious, and innovative products for reception areas and so much more.

For more information, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Is this the Year of Women-Only Coworking Spaces?

The rise of coworking spaces is set to continue, with around 5.1 million workers forecast to utilize these spaces by 2022. This now global trend reflects the way modern businesses are evolving, ensuring that they tap into the biggest possible pool of talent by offering flexibility in terms of work hours, work environments, and even geography. As the industry grows, so coworking ventures seek new niches to give their clients more tailored services – and one niche is the rising trend that is the women-only coworking space. Here’s some insight into this trend from our NJ office design team.

Why Women-Only?

It’s natural for men to feel a little left out of this trend, but it’s not about creating an exclusive space. It’s all about creating a space that is designed to effectively meet the needs of women in the workplace. This is an area where modern workplaces have notoriously struggled to achieve these inclusive goals, and coworking spaces are a unique environment in which to take on these challenges. It’s about creating safe spaces, unique business networking opportunities, and a supportive environment for women to build their success stories.

4 Noteworthy Examples of Women-Only Coworking Spaces

The Wing:

Since it opened in 2016, The Wing has raised more than $40 million from investors! It has grown into one of the most iconic coworking spaces to date. In addition to eye-catching office design, there’s a long list of amenities that are often lacking in traditional office spaces, such as a lactation room, showers, and a library. It also hosts great networking events featuring noteworthy speakers. There are several current and future locations, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC.

EvolveHer:

A minimalist, highly-functional coworking space, EvolveHer in Chicago features an online member network, childcare, book exchange programs, partner events and, of course, fully-equipped multi-use office spaces.

The Coven:

This coworking space was crowdfunded into existence in Minneapolis to meet the demand for safe, highly functional office spaces for women and non-binary members. In addition to all the features of a productivity-driven office, the space also features a prayer room, concierge services, a regular program of events, and local organic snacks. The space is multi-use, and shaped by curtains and glass partition wall systems to ensure privacy.

The Riveter:

Inspired by Rosie the Riveter and founded by NASA Space Camp and NYU law graduate, Amy Nelson, this coworking space in Seattle, LA and Austin is focused on wellness as well as work. With daily yoga and barre classes as well as meditation sessions, it’s a place where anyone would thrive – and men are welcome too!

From Glass Partition Walls to Interior Design – Creating the Perfect Coworking Space Takes the Right Touch

For a coworking space to succeed, it needs to be expertly designed and furnished for your target market’s needs. The good news is that the team at BE Furniture is here to help. We are a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and office design needs. Our team will assist you with everything from glass partition wall systems and corporate office furniture selection to your office fit-out and used furniture removal

For more information on the latest contemporary office interiors, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Inside the 50 Feet Design Concept

It’s a well-known fact that office design and layout have a measurable effect on productivity, and that it has to be customized to meet the requirements of organizations on an individual basis in order to be successful. What works for Google isn’t likely to work for a corporate law firm or a call center. However, there’s plenty of inspiration that can be taken from innovative office design concepts – like the 50 feet design concept.

Influencing Productivity Through a Single Concept

This design concept is driven by a single notion – access to resources. The idea is that factors like wellness, efficiency, agility and collaboration can all be enhanced and prioritized by ensuring that all critical office resources (everything from the copier to team members) are located within 50 feet of the individuals who require them. A good way to visualize this is a honeycomb-shaped floorplan – self-sufficient clusters that, when brought together, form an entire community.

50 Feet – Proximity that Fosters Interaction and Engagement

While it’s true that we have more ways to communicate than ever before and that technology like Slack makes workplace communication more streamlined and efficient, the reality is that face-to-face communication is still the most valuable tool in fostering loyalty, engagement, and a productive workplace culture.

The 50-foot design concept is about using spatial organization to encourage teams to engage and share ideas, making communication more effortless between team members. This is further enhanced through transition spaces between team groupings – spaces that are undesignated but designed for casual meetings and exchanges.

Your reception area is no exception to this design, as it forms a critical hub for everything from client and vendor interactions, deliveries, and administrative tasks. By placing creative, social, and physical work resources within an optimal proximity, flow is enhanced, inefficiencies and traffic are reduced, and stress is lowered.

Modern Reception Desks that Enhance Your Workspace

At BE Furniture, we assist our clients in achieving an optimal workspace for their business. Whether you are looking to remodel your current reception area completely or replace your furniture with modern reception desks, our experienced team can handle it all.

For more information about our design services for office reception areas, which includes glass partition wall units, desks furniture and more, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

This is the Perfect Reception Area Layout

Your office reception area is the first impression that new employees, clients and vendors get of your brand, so it’s important to get the layout right. Here are some tips and modern office design ideas from our team.

  • Keep it simple: There’s nothing worse than walking into a reception area and not knowing exactly where you’re meant to go or who you’re supposed to approach. Reduce confusion by having a modern reception desk in clear line of sight from your front door – something bold and eye-catching. Situate chairs and couches near the reception desk so that visitors can easily interact with staff. If it is a large or shared reception area, wayfinding signs are a must-have.
  • Keep it open: A cluttered space causes confusion, especially in a reception area – one of the busiest spaces in your office filled with people who may not be familiar with your building, who are making deliveries, or arriving for meetings. This means that you need clear, wide paths for traffic through your reception area as well as space to take delivery orders without blocking essential pathways.
  • Give it character: A reception area should be minimalistic but that doesn’t mean that it should be bland! Don’t forget to include a few key statement pieces to create visual interest and give your space a welcoming feel. Artwork, plants, a boldly-painted wall or a sculpture are all good ideas. If your space is large enough, a refreshment station is another great feature, with coffee, tea and even snacks for waiting clients. Free WiFi will always be appreciated too!

To Make Your Office Reception Area Stand Out, Speak to Our Team in NJ

Inspired by the latest modern office design ideas and reception areas? BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your corporate office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with every aspect of your remodel from choosing the best modern office reception desks and furniture to glass partition walls, office design and fitment services, and furniture recycling. For more information, please contact us today or visit our website.

Want your Office to Pop? These Colors are On-Trend for the Workplace

Color is one of the easiest, most affordable and most cost-effective ways to revitalize your workspace, influence productivity and even energize your employees. Here are some of this year’s trending colors to help inspire your remodel.

  • Natural greens: Think of how springtime makes you feel – a new start, freshness, life and vitality – and you can see how natural greens can do the same to your workplace. Lighter shades inspire fresh thinking and vibrant energy, while calmer shades inspire tranquility, wellness and reduced anxiety.
  • Azure and royal blue: These bright, rich blues inspire communication and productivity, pairing well with other colors and themes. Use it in darker shades as a calming accent color or in lighter shades for a more relaxing look. Its popularity means that it will suit everyone’s taste.
  • Earthy browns: Avoid drab browns and anonymous creams and choose browns that are rich, warm and earthy. Although it’s a neutral tone, it adds a welcoming atmosphere to a space, making it feel cozy and in-touch with nature. Use different tones and natural wood textures or contrast with a bold accent color to bring it to life.
  • Retro purple, pastel and gold: Ideal for adding a characterful touch to your office, these colors are ideal for statement accents. Think about a retro candy stripe effect, a couch in luxurious velvet or a vibrant rug in your waiting area. This shouldn’t be an all-over look, as it’s best to use it as a creative touch to catch the eye, add warmth and playfulness.
  • Black and white: A classic that never really goes away, black and white can be used to set off any color scheme or on their own as a bold touch. It’s a versatile combination that suits any theme, allowing you to create spaces that are retro, sleek, dominating, professional and bold.

Reimagine Your Workspace with Color, Light and Glass Partition Wall Systems

BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and office design needs. Our team is full of contemporary office furniture ideas and we can assist you with everything from glass partition walls, furniture selection, architectural walls and contemporary office interiors to remodeling and furniture recycling. For more information on the latest contemporary office interiors, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

What Is Your Reception Area Saying About Your Brand?

You walk through your office reception area every day and probably take very little notice of it – but what impression do first-time visitors, clients and prospective employees see when they walk in? Here are some insights from the specialists in modern reception desks and modern office design ideas.

The Professional Office Reception Area 

If you’re in the financial services, legal or medical industry, you want to give your visitors the impression that you’re successful, organized, authoritative and efficient. Your reception area can achieve this with the following look:

  • Uncluttered, clean and open space
  • Subtle but clear brand presence
  • Comfortable but robust/heavy furniture of a classic style
  • Statement artwork
  • Coffee and tea service
  • Stylish but muted color scheme

The Creative Office Reception Area 

If you’re selling creative services like marketing, advertising or interior design, you want your reception area to make an impact with your creative touch. Here’s how your reception area can demonstrate this:

  • Fun, interactive elements
  • Color to make a statement – lots of color or none at all
  • Trendy, interesting furniture
  • Obvious, bold branding
  • Iconic, bold art
  • Flexible space – easy to use for casual meetings as well as a general reception area

The Dynamic, Innovative Reception Area 

In the tech industry or part of industry that’s breaking new ground? This calls for a dynamic, fresh reception area that gives visitors the impression that your company is driven, innovative and forward-thinking. You can achieve this in your reception area with:

  • A comfortable but uncluttered space
  • Strong branding identity
  • Functional, stylish and minimalist furniture
  • Clean, simple color scheme – white with a single, bold color or statement piece
  • Art and décor that links with your company’s vision, products and message
  • Flexible space where meetings can take place

Reimagine Your Office Reception Area to Fit Your Brand Identity 

At BE Furniture, we assist our clients in achieving an optimal workspace for their business. Whether you are looking to remodel your current reception area completely or replace your furniture with modern reception desks, our experienced team can handle it all.

For more information about our design services for office reception areas, which includes glass partition wall units, desks furniture and more, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/