Published on : Thursday, September 8, 2016
The president of the United Nations General Assembly’s office has received a makeover from Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. Currently occupied by Mogens Lykketoft who also comes from Denmark, the office is located at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The office features a selection of iconic Fritz Hansen pieces designed by Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm.
The redesigned office reflects the sleek minimalism that distinguishes Danish design. A secluded seating area for group gatherings contains four leather-upholstered Swan chairs in walnut by Jacobsen and two glass PK61 coffee tables designed by Kjaerholm.
A high-backed version of Jacobsen’s Oxford chair sits behind the president’s desk, while a curved plywood Series 7 chair with metal legs and armrests can be used by visiting dignitaries. A three-seat leather-upholstered PK31 bench lines a wall paneled with Australian lacewood.
Kaiser Idell floor and table lamps by Christian Dell illuminate the space, along with a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A terrace along the East River waterfront provides sweeping views of the Long Island City skyline.
Lykketoft only has a couple of weeks left to enjoy his new office – Peter Thomson from Fiji takes over the year-long presidency towards the end of September. He happily says, “To have a really beautiful Danish imprint on this office for the future, it will give a glimpse of the best of Danish furniture design for anyone coming inside the president’s office in the future.”
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