U. N. North Delegates’ Lounge - Knots & Beads Curtain
Location: New York City
Designer: Hella Jongerius
Material: 30,000 porcelain beads strung on cotton thread
Commissioned by: United Nations
Royal Tichelaar Makkum was asked by Hella Jongerius not only to manufacture, but also to be the project contractor for the creation of an artwork for a lounge in the United Nations building in Manhattan. This famous building, dating back to 1951, whose construction involved Le Corbusier, among others, is being fully renovated. The Dutch government was asked by the UN to thoroughly renovate and redesign the North Delegates Lounge, a meeting place for thousands of policy-makers from the 192 Member States. ‘Knots & Beads Curtain’ is a curtain seven metres high and fourteen metres wide, consisting of over twenty thousand handmade porcelain beads that were partly dipped in a transparent glaze, using an old technique employed by the company. These unique beads, which we designed in close collaboration with Hella Jongerius, were then strung on a grid inspired by historical fishing nets from Dutch maritime history.