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Teknion Reception Desk Program Previews at NeoCon 2019


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Designed To Address Evolving Functional Needs, Teknion Reception Extends From Classic To Communal, Each With The Ability To Inspire And Accommodate Customization

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Mark Harris

Manager, Media Relations

Teknion Corporation

416.661.1577, Ext. 2258

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Oona Walsh

Director of Marketing

Teknion LLC



June 10, 2019

Teknion Corporation today announced the preview of Teknion Reception − its new reception desk program − at showroom #1048 during NeoCon, June 10-12, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago.

“The function of reception desks − and the act of receiving people − is changing. And so are the reception needs of different businesses today,” said Dennis Cheng, Senior Industrial Designer, Teknion. “For some, a reception desk can be the formal threshold that marks the boundary of public to private space; and is expressed through the familiar functions required of security and privacy. For others, a reception space is a communal shared experience, and may not even require a desk at all. Although the role of greeting people is evolving, the importance of making a sound first impression − creating that ‘Instagram moment’ − remains as important as ever."

Teknion Reception takes an innovative design approach in addressing these evolving requirements, while addressing how public and private spaces are blending. To encourage customization, the program offers five distinct starting points of unique desks, bar tops and consoles.

The Classic Desk fully integrates the familiar storage formats and power needs of a permanent receptionist. Minimal divisional elements hide any wire clutter while maintaining clear sightlines for an open connection with guests.

The Desk with Transaction balances the classic needs for enclosure paired with an open, extended area to invite guests to sit and engage in longer conversations. Clearly articulated volumes provide the opportunity to explore the mixed materiality of the collection and give visual cues to differentiate between functional zones.

The Full Enclosed Desk surrounds the worksurface for complete privacy. Mixed material elements provide intuitive touch points to guide a visitor’s approach.

Approachable from all sides, the Communal Bar invites a shared experience. On top, it features a sculpted tiered surface to elevate and display materials or serve refreshments. Additional functionality of cubby spaces offers impromptu storage to clear the space for an uncluttered exchange between guests and hosts.

The Console can be an addendum to storage to complement any setting, or serve as a shared point of interaction where no desk is necessary at all.

“Reception desks tend to be highly customized and are therefore traditionally custom-made by local millwork shops,” said Myron Heppner, General Manager, Teknion Solutions. “We simplify the design and customization process for the client. Millwork can be expensive and take a long time to produce. Teknion Solutions’ highly skilled cabinet makers, in combination with the latest technology, enable us to produce these custom, complex desks in an efficient and cost-effective manner, with reduced lead times, repeatable consistency and quality at a larger scale. We optimize the process for the client.”

In addition to the Teknion Reception, Teknion will also be featuring at NeoCon the Emote Private Office and C+D Conference Table designed by Mario Ruiz, Teknion Bene Box, Tek Booth and Naava Healthtech Green Wall. New seating products include the Just-Us Chair designed by Justus Kolberg, Wilkhahn AT Task Chair, Wilkhahn Occo Multi-Purpose Seating and the Sprout Stool & Table Collection by Thomas Pedersen. Visit our tenth-floor showroom, #1048.

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