Dutch team to redesign UN lounge

Leading designer Hella Jongerius is part of a Dutch team who have been chosen to redesign the North Delegates Lounge at the United Nations’ headquarters in new York City. the interior is set to combine classic Dutch and international furniture with pieces designed especially for the project.

The team also includes Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA and graphic designer Irma Boom. the interior will include a façade curtain, Knots&Beads, which consists of 30,000 partly glazed porcelain beads handcrafted by Dutch craftsmen. In front of the slanted windows of the north façade will be a handcrafted curtain, Knots&Grid, carrying references such as Dutch maritime history.

It also includes new carpets and a new installation of the artwork donated by member states over the years. There will be a mixture of old and new furniture, including original Knoll club chairs and Eames lounge chairs, while Hella has also created special versions of her RE-Lounge chair and Bubble Desk.

Located near the General Assembly and with a view of the East River, the lounge has been used since 1952 by policymakers and diplomats from the UN’s member states. the UN buildings are being renovated in a four-year project, with member states encouraged to adopt spaces and provide the interior design.

The picture shows a mock-up of the new-look North Delegates Lounge from OMA.

Dutch team to redesign UN lounge


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