Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

New Danish Designs for UN HQ


Sixty years ago, Danish architect Finn Juhl designed the interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The space is undergoing a major restoration and renovation, and when it's completed in approximately two years, the works of a new generation of Danish designers will also grace the space. In December, the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Crafts and Design invited five designers to participate in a furniture competition to "reinvent Danish classics" and last week, the winner was announced.

In the presence of the queen of Denmark in a ceremony at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the committee awarded...
Shown here is Salto and Sigsgaard's design for the chamber.
Christian Flindt was another designer invited to participate in the competition.
In this image, the table's legs have been removed and placed on their respective hanging hooks.
Here, the table has been completely disassembled and hung on the wall.
Flindt's chair design is a clear nod to the work of Hans Wegner.
Designer Søren Ulrik Petersen's chair design also appears Wegner-inspired.
Though many elements of these speaker tables are nonnegotiable, Petersen's panel details add a nice touch.
Designer Mia Gammelgaard's proposal featured clean, crisp surfaces with color accents in the chairs.
Gammelgaard's task chair, with its tall, slim profile, resembles Arne Jacobsen's Oxford chair—just with cushioned pads.
Designer Hans Sandgren Jakobsen's chair design also had an Oxford-like look to it.
Jackobsen's proposed table folds down to a slim profile for storage, though it could also easily act as long console in...