The Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations headquarters in New York reopened today following a three-year restoration of Danish architect Finn Juhl’s 1952 design. The space — home to meetings and concerts that is visited by more than 400,000 tourists annually—retains its Danish design roots with new furniture by Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard. The duo won a competition in 2011 to create new tables for the delegates and a chair for the secretariat.
“The winning proposal by Salto and Sigsgaard is a beautiful combination of design and architecture that encompasses both the room and the detail,” Mogens A. Morgen, chairman of the competition’s jury, said at the time.
The pieces hint at both the classical and the modern, capturing Juhl’s spirit. “The balance between contrasting and blending into Juhl’s existing interior has been the major question for us in this project,” Salto and Sigsgaard said in a release. “Our motto has been letting the furniture add to the existing room by having them consist of as few elements and parts as possible, respecting the room and the consequent use of wood.”
The restoration was collaborative effort by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Ministry of Culture, Realdania, and the United Nations.