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Designer’s days 2013 : the Council Chair for the UN at Triode

In April, the Council Room at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, designed by Finn Juhl in 1951, will be reopened following its renovation. During the work, the Danish Ministry of Culture organised a competition to design a new chair to thus replace the famous FJ 51. The Council Chair, created by a designer, Kasper Salto and an architect, Thomas Sigsgaard, was chosen as the most appropriate to follow in the footsteps of the forefather of Danish Modern and will be presented by Triode at Designer’s Days (4th to 8th June).

As a young designer in the 1950s, Finn Juhl was responsible for supervising the prestigious project for the Council Room at the United Nations (the architecture of the building was executed by Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier and Harrison & Abramovitz). The style of this room will mark the history of design and as a consequence brings international recognition to Danish design.

During the restoration of this space, 260 models of the Finn Juhl chair called FJ 51 (1951) were updated, with exactly the same shade of blue as the one initially chosen by the designer. In parallel, the Danish Ministry of Culture organised a competition to design a chair worthy of following the FJ 51. Denmark has thus revived the spirit initiated 60 years earlier when it graced this room with its furniture design and production.

One Collection has mastered the delicate production of Finn Juhl’s organic furniture since 1998. This project has enabled the company to demonstrate that it is also capable of developing, producing and delivering furniture which is a contemporary take on Finn Juhl’s style: the new chair by Salto & Sigsgaard called the Council Chair as well as a set of three tables have been produced for the Council Room.

Each Council Chair will be numbered and the first 20 are already to be found in the United Nations Council Room. This seat can be used for professional or domestic purposes. It is produced in oak or walnut, the inner part of which is covered in leather or in fabric, subject to requirements.

From 4th to 8th June, Triode, 28 rue Jacob 75006 Paris. Tel.: + 33 (0)1 43 29 40 05, www.triodedesign.com