Designer Hella Jongerius and architect Rem Koolhaas have completed renovations on the United Nations’ North Delegates’ Lounge. The Dutch duo—in collaboration with graphic designer Irma Boom, artist Gabriel Lester, and theorist Louise Schouwenberg—aimed for a space of “both comfort and professional informality,” according to a statement on the project.
The lounge, built more than 60 years ago, retains some of its iconic Scandinavian designs while incorporating existing art works into the scheme. The team also removed the mezzanine, opening the space to reveal views of the East River.
Photo by Frank Oudeman
Jongerius designed two new pieces of furniture for the lounge: the Sphere Table and the UN Lounge Chair, produced by Vitra. For the Knots & Beads Curtain in the east façade, Jongerius used hand-knotted yarn and 30,000 porcelain beads made from Dutch clay by Royal Tichelaar Makkum.
The renovation and redesign of the lounge is a gift from the Netherlands to the UN.