riverside reception desks
“Angus is excellent to work with – he carries out thoughful research to ensure the project is absolutely fit for purpose, the quality of design and workmanship is second to none, and having worked on a number of projects with him , I know him to be completely reliable, delivering on time and budget. The studio set up is great, and the ability to manage all aspects of the project through to installation and completion makes for very smooth-running schemes. And of course, he and his studio colleagues are thoroughly nice people, which makes working with them always a real pleasure”.
Hazel Colquhoun, Arts Consultant
We were commissioned to design and make reception desks for three new assisted living/social housing developments in Hull by Riverside. The three site specific designs were inspired by various aspects of Hull’s fascinating history. All the desks are constructed with solid ash tops, steam-bent ash slats and a birch ply under-structure: healthy, sustainable, affordable, natural and gorgeous to touch.
Each unique reception desk provided a sense of arrival and welcome and improved flow through the space.
Redwood Glades, Leads Road, East Hull.
The desk was designed to fill the space between two structural pillars and provides a sense of arrival and improves flow through the space. The design mimics the prow of a ship and celebrates Hull ship-building past. The lower side of the desk, with swept back under-structure, enables someone in a wheelchair to chat easily to staff face to face or others to pull up a chair as if chatting at a table. The higher side provides a more private work station for staff. The contractors added the curved ceiling detail after the desk was installed.
Harrison Park, Orchard Park, North Hull.
Again there are two heights to suit a wide range of users and staff requirements. In this design the steam-bent slats mimic the field pattern of an old map of the area – when it was still fields and orchards.
Cecil Gardens, Hawthorn Avenue, West Hull.
The desk at the entrance had a design concept of the prow of a ship with waves of water streaming behind. The steam-bent slats create beautiful flowing shapes and create private task areas for staff and lower table height areas where residents can pull up a chair and chat informally with staff – perhaps for a cup of tea in an arrangement that feels more like a kitchen table than an office. Beautifully detailed and finished with natural oils.