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Ban Ki-moon chooses austrian interior design

20 December 2012

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has chosen Austrian furniture specialists in refurbishing his office  at UN HQ in New York

The Austrian companies Svoboda Büromöbel and Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten are renowned in interior design circles for their top craftsmanship and reliability in supplying the most discerning clients. Now you can find Svoboda and Wittmann at UN HQ in New York – with one-off pieces designed specially for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

From now on, the UN's top man will ponder over the world's most pressing issues at a desk made by Svoboda in collaboration with American architects. Working the UN logo from steel elements into the front panel of the eucalyptus desk posed a particular challenge for the Svoboda specialists – a complex combination of high precision laser work and detailed craftsmanship.

Jugenstil designer Josef Hoffmann provided the concept for a comforable armchair produced by Wittmann. No compromises were made in selecting the finest materials for Hoffmann's timeless Kubus chair.

Svoboda is a third-generation family-run company with 230 staff. It mainly supplies the European market. Exports accounted for just 15% of sales in the last financial year when the company generated revenues of EUR 33 million.

Wittmann is also a family-run company and was founded in 1896 as a saddlery.  By the 1950s its reputation for quality had spread and it  began working with renowned architects and designers to produce its first pieces of furniture. Today Wittmann furniture is sold in more than 50 countries and exports account for 70% of sales.