Eldorado Reception Desk
The objective for designing a new reception desk for the lobby of The Eldorado Apartments on Central Park West was to provide a replacement for the existing desk that was aesthetically pleasing and appropriate to the design of the landmark Art Deco lobby while also offering substantially improved functionality. It was determined that the new desk should be compact in scale, like a piece of furniture which appeared original to the design of the lobby. The new desk is to be constructed primarily of materials which already exist in the lobby; nickel silver metal and variegated black marble slab. Visible from the back side of the desk are custom walnut cabinets which contain all of the equipment and storage. The metal facing of the desk consists of panels of curved nickel silver sheet with an acid etched texture on the outer surface. These panels are accented with cast nickel-silver trim elements derived from existing details in the lobby and a center bay with a nickel silver cast grille based on the design of the existing radiator grilles. The black marble will be used for all the sills and the countertop.