The redesigned Delegates’ Lounge in the United Nations headquarters in New York City will officially be opened by Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, on September 25. The recently redecorated room is furnished by a design team put together by Hella Jongerius. Royal Tichelaar Makkum produced and installed the Knots & Beads Curtain, designed especially for the east façade of the Delegates’ Lounge.
The curtain is seven meters high and fourteen meters wide, and consists of thirty thousand handmade porcelain beads strung on cotton yarn. The beads are partly glazed using a classic method and the yarn is knotted into a grid inspired by historical fishing nets from Dutch maritime history.
The Knots & Beads Curtain is part of a complete refurbishment of the Delegates’ Lounge. The renovation was appointed to The Netherlands by the United Nations, after which the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs selected Hella Jongerius for the assignment. Jongerius composed a design team consisting of architect Rem Koolhaas (OMA), visual artist Gabriel Lester, graphic designer Irma Boom (Irma Boom Office) and design theorist Louise Schouwenberg. Download the renovation photobook (in English) from the official website of the Dutch government.
The Delegates’ Lounge is a meeting point for diplomats and politicians of the 193 member states of the UN. It is said that many substantial deals, officially closed elsewhere, have actually been struck in the informal atmosphere of the Delegates’ Lounge.
Besides Queen Máxima and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, also UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon will attend the official opening on September 25.