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Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and his preference for Austrian furniture

Svoboda Büromöbel und Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten
January 8, 2013

Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has moved into his new office in the UN Headquarter in New York City and is now surrounded by Furniture Design made in Austria.

Since the end of the year 2012 Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pulls the strings from his new desk by Svoboda Büromöbel and takes a seat on his new chair Kubus by Wittmann.

Svoboda Büromöbel has its headquarter in St. Pölten. The company manufactures and installs desks, chairs, closets and dividers and equips 17,000 offices a year. “This project would not be possible without the perfect collaboration of a number of people in Austrian politics and economy”, says Rudolf Svoboda. The desk was designed together with US American architects. Followed by a month of work and construction in Svobodas’s studio Ban Ki-Moon’s desk is a piece of real artisanal handicraft: It took the team at least 2 weeks to apply the finishing, the UN-logo was put together out of a number of individual parts.

Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten is based in Etsdorf/Kamp and has as one of the world-leading companies in upholstery an export share of approximately 70%. Kubus was designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1910. “We are very proud of somehow being part of the UN now”, says Horst König. He continues, “Especially because this office is redesigned only every 40 years.” Also, Kubus is a masterpiece of traditional craftsmanship and was upholstered with exclusively tanned shagreen leather.