Reception Desk Inspiration

A the Milan Furniture Fair there were a lot of inspiring ideas that came not only from the products on display but also from the booths they were in. Here are some of my favorite reception desk designs from the show.

Alf Da Fre glass and wood reception desk. Image: Laura Bielecki

Glass Reception desks seem to be very popular. Many are beautiful glass boxes with a solid form floating within. This one above at the Alfa Da Fre booth had a beautiful medium tone wood to complement the delicate glass box.

Glass and Lacquer Reception Desk. Image: Laura Bielecki

Office furnishings company Lafano had a stunning Glass and Wood reception desk. Image: Laura Bielecki

Beautiful white contemporary reception showroom name unknown. Image: Laura Bielecki

Another trend seemed to be playing with natural and rough woods to showcase the grain, knots and roughness.

Tre-P & Tre-Piu wood reception desk Image: Laura Bielecki

Knotty wood reception desk - booth name unknown. photo: Laura Bielecki

Smania had 2 great reception desks one was for press and the other for showing off what the company does best- pulling the whole package (walls, texture, signage, lighting and furniture) together. Check out how the table lamp hold up the table! what a beautiful detail. The only thing I would do to perfect this piece for the function of a reception desk would be to add a modesty panel, nothing is racier than seeing a receptionists legs under the table. Also, that padded reception desk is yummy… makes you reach out to pet it. I wish they had designed it with a concealed work surface however so you didn’t see all the staffs junk all over it!


Smania reception desk photo: Laura Bielecki

Smania fabric and marble padded reception desk

Smania fabric and marble padded reception desk

Some of the desks were very simple but make bold statements.


Ligne Roset reception desk image: Laura Bielecki

White and black reception desk booth name unknown. image: Laura Bielecki

Simple forms in LED booth name unknown. photo: Laura Bielecki

Incanto metal reception desk. image: Laura Bielecki

Metal Reception Desk booth name unknown. image: Laura Bielecki

Logica reception desk. image: Laura Bielecki

Sometimes its not about whats going on with the desk but more about the wall behind it. Here are some great examples to showcase a brand.


Presotto reception desk image: Laura Bielecki

Jesse reception desk. Image: Laura Bielecki

Giorgetti Showroom reception desk. Image: Laura Bielecki

And one more great detail on a fabulous reception desk to keep you inspired and bursting with design ideas…..


Moltoluce Reception desk detail. Image: Laura Bielecki

Kids furniture, mats and indoor playgrounds kids furniture

Adrenalina Italian Play Furniture

I have been searching for a while now to find cool, fun and unique furniture for a childcare centre I am currently designing for infants, preschool, kindergarden to 13 year old development and care. Through my research I have found a couple of favorites outside of the basic Ikea kids section that I thought I should share. Please let me know if you know of any other great companies that have inspiring product and I will be sure to look into them and add them to my post. Thanks to all my twitter friends who helped me find some of these cool lines!

Adrenalina is an Italian furniture manufacturer who’s products are for big and little kids alike. These pieces are unique, colorful and entertaining and a GREAT way to add playfulness and character to a childs space. These fun shapes and bright colors are stimulating and original. I wonder if anyone in Canada sells this line? bean bags bean bags

Fatboy furniture has evolved over the last few years. This high end Italian fabric bean bag company offers many variations of their original including an outdoor option in rain, stain and uv resistant coatings. They also have some cool partnerships with Marimekko and even a line of metallic finishes. The Junior sized bean bags (40″x55″) are $198CAN the full size original (55″x70″) $298CAN and the Marimekko (55″x70″) is $378.00CAN. In Edmonton you can purchase Fatboy products at Dwell Modern .

Feel More Human Eco Friendly children's furniture Eco Friendly children's furniture

Feel More Human is a great company that supports a modern lifestyle.  The target of the products they carry is to have  a cleaner, healthier and less cluttered life. I commend them on their statement to have responsible business practices and I fully support both their mission and product. Amongst all of their home, gift and lifestyle products they have a great collection of well designed modern kid and baby products. Some of the lines they carry include: Spot on Square, Oeuf, Pixel Organics, notNeutral, OFFI and KLT Works

Wesco Childrens play mats and furniture

Wesco Childrens play mats and furniture

Wesco N.A. is an International children’s soft play manufacturer that creates developmental play products for childcare facilities, airports, museums, malls and anywhere else you need to keep a terrible 2 occupied and happy! These indoor playgrounds are great for any scale of space and can all easily be stored if they are for seasonal/occasional use.

Sitting Bull Bean Bag Chairs - bean bag chairs

Sitting Bull has some cool bean bags, pet bags and other fun lounge furniture. The products are made of a great washable,  durable fabric in fun and original designs. The latest collections patterns were designed by Michael Sieger a product designer at Sieger Design in Germany. The polyester beanbags cost $219US and are 71″ x 55″ x 12″

Ella and Elliot Canadian kids furniture store - Canadian Kids Furniture

Ella and Elliot is a Canadian supplier of fun juvenile kids furniture. Cribs, gliders and rockers, change tables, loungers, beds, storage, desks and miniature modern classics like the Barcelona chair, Diamond chair, Panton chair, Womb chair, Eames molded plastic rocker and Kartell Ghost chair all kiddie sized! The have some great eco-friendly lines particularly in cribs and dressers and a fantastic line of kids accessories.

Feel Good Designs Children's Play Furniture - Soft play spaces

Feel Good Designs is dedicated to development, learning and quality of play for young children through good design and eco friendly choices. Their products are the outcome of the children, spaces, relations research project and are made in Italy. These products are the result of ongoing collaboration between designers, architects and the world-renowned schools. They also provide custom services and interior design services for public space projects. The two main product lines are Play+Soft and Atelier 3. Here is a slideshow of their product offering.

more kids stuff:

Baltus Kids Childrens bedroom furniture in bright neon lacquer colors

Herringbone Pattern Interior Design

Grey Herringbone Interior home decor

Grey Herringbone Interior

Herringbone, Chevron, ZigZag call it what you want. That fabulous signature pattern of Missoni Home (and even Charlie Browns shirt) is back in a big way. I have always been obsessed with herringbone wood floors for the extra dynamic and luxury touch it can give a room of any style. Herringbone has been used in fabric for ages as a classic mens suit and womens skirt fabric. Pair a grey herringbone with a rich tawny leather and you have a chic style that will fit right in to the Sunday racetrack crowd. The great thing about this fabulous pattern is that you can make many moods with it depending on how much contrast you express the pattern with. For permanent applications such as flooring, backsplashes and millwork details its best to keep the pattern in a one color application where the cut lines, wood grain or grout lines are what forms the pattern. When it comes to accessories go bold and demand contrast between each row of stripes- play with color, tones, varying stripe thicknesses, scale etc to add more texture and visual interest to a room. This look can go from bold and exciting colors in a child’s bedroom to soft and subdued tones for a neutral palette living room. The herringbone pattern is a beloved favorite of the Interior Design profession, use it with creativity!

charlie brown shirt

Charlie Brown and his Zig Zag shirt

Here is what I am showing in the Grey color scheme above :

  1. White marble tile: Ann Sacks Carrara marble tile small herringbone 10 1/8″ x 11″ netted sheet AS2393-10 This beautiful stone would love great as a floor pattern insert, backsplash, washroom floor or wall tile or if you want to do something different you could use it as a bedside table top, a fine for a barrel ceiling or a craft project for trivets, coasters, high end and chic DIY planters etc.
  2. I found this space on Apartment Therapy. This beautiful bedroom could have been ultra drab and boring had it not been for this stunning paint job with a loud and vibrant edge from Farrow and Ball paint in London Clay 244, Railings 31, Hardwick White 5, Mahogany 36 and over Shaded White 201
  3. Pillow: Madeline Weinrib Steel ZigZag. You can find zigzag pillows everywhere these days, this one has a great shade of grey and could be mixed up with any color, texture or pattern in any room.
  4. Mug: Mikasa Grey/Platinum zigzag mug set of 4 for $39.99. These mugs are gorgeous and crisp. I can see them with a pastel or white dainty dinnerware set with silver flatware great for an inspiring shot of coffee in the morning solo or to accompany a great dessert at a dinner party…. can you see it with some bold silver charger plates?!
  5. Stainless Steel Mosaic Tile: You can find these masculine and slick backplash tiles at almost any tile store these days for anywhere from $15-$25/sq.ft. I recommend getting them in a brushed stainless finish to reduce fingerprints and cleaning marks. Great for smaller scale areas like backsplashes, bathroom wall details etc. I woul avoid doing full walls or floors with this as it can be a bit much in larger quantities.
  6. This is a photo of Canadian Interior Designer Emily Walker who works for Canadian House and Home. This is her beautiful and simple kitchen. Her use of the Zigzag pattern is ideal as it shows up in one location and pulls the colors from the room to ground the floor and add texture and pattern to the space.
  7. Fur area rug: Kyle Bunting Basketweave pattern in charcoal color. Im a sucker for anythign in hide and Kyle Bunting is a kind of his domain, his hide art rugs are each so stunning and add volumes of interest, class and value to a space. Need I say more?
  8. Area Rug: Madeline Weinrib Steel ZigZag. Get a rug just like Emily Walkers to spice up your boot room or kitchen!
Black Zig Zag Wood Herringbone

Traditional and classic Herringbone

Here is a completely different look. Masculine, dark, rich and crisp.

  1. Dark Rough hardwood: LV Wood Floors Antique Oak Herringbone. This is a fabulous floor that I would LOVE to personally use in my whole home, the richness of colors, texture and grain are all fascinating, historic and beautiful. I could easily see this product for retail flooring in a mens store.
  2. Dress: Principles black and White Zig Zag Dress cute, fun and graphic this dress could spice up any cocktail hour.
  3. Wood and Stianless Steel mosaic tile: Mosaico+ DL.0364 Misura op. 3 in Canada you can get this Luxe tile from Julian Tile
  4. Black Marble mosaic tile: Ann Sacks Herringbone Obsidian. This is a gorgeous mosaic great for any wall space or floor detail.
  5. Pouf: Missoni Home in black and white. great as extra seating for company and to add fun pops of color or tecture to any room. All kids love Poufs!
  6. Black leather floor: source unknow but this is one sexy product! Come out reps wherever you are.
  7. Ottoman: Madeline Weinrib Mid Century ottoman
herringbone floors

Herringbone Floors

Bright zig zag interiors

Colorful herringbone rooms

Zig Zag Interior Design and Missoni Vase

Colorful bold zig zag pattern

Restoration Hardware Edmonton

Its Time… Restoration Hardware is finally coming to Edmonton!!!

Restoration Hardware Gallery Store

Restoration Hardware Gallery Store

Just in time for the Christmas shopping season the store will open its 9,100sq.ft. store this Saturday in its brand new Southgate Mall location. This is the second Restoration Hardware store in Alberta. The first one opened 2008 at Southcenter mall in Calgary with great success. This location will feature their new “gallery” store design with a warm loft look and feel. This Gallery concept showcases higher end products for a designer clientele. These new store pieces all worthy of both the hospitality and residential market.

Restoration Hardware Holiday Dining Room

Restoration Hardware Holiday Dining Room

Restoration Hardware was founded 30 years ago in California and has since become a leading purveyor of fine furnishings for home, hospitality, baby and child. With more than 100 retail and outlet locations across Canada and the United States they offer a broad range of products from bed and bath linens to sink into deep sofas, hardware and rustic to chic lighting.

If you appreciate quality, craftsmanship, design and sustainability and have a decent budget Restoration Hardware will turn your House into a dazzling masterpiece of a home. Their pieces have a Ralph Lauren type quality to them with rich smoky masculine leathers, button tufting and linen which is right in line with my design style!

Restoration Hardware Living Room

Restoration Hardware Living Room

The Resto staff are all warm, bubbly and super excited about the company, its values and the great product lines they carry. When you pop in be sure to speak to my great friend Stefannie and the Store Leader Dawn, tell them I sent you!

Restoration Hardware Furniture and Accessories

Restoration Hardware Furniture and Accessories

Happy Christmas Shopping!!