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The UN didn't, that we know of, ask a group of Dutch designers to renovate the North Delegates' Lounge specifically for President Obama's visit this week, though the U.S. leader now has the option to take a break in a newly designed space, donated by the Netherlands to the UN. The project is the work of a group of collaborators, led by Hella Jongerius and including Rem Koolhaas, Irma Boom, Gabriel Lester and Louise Schouwenberg, who contributed original furniture and architectural input. The group maintained the art already on display in the lounge, but removed an entire mezzanine added in 1978 in order to reveal more of the lounge's view of the East River. The space, which was previously designed by Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, has distinct areas for formal meetings as well as a place for casual food and drinks. This smaller scale renovation follows a much larger renovation of the United Nations building started in 2010 to reduce energy costs. [images via Hella Jongerius' Jongeriuslab and Designboom]

On Wednesday September 25, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit the United Nations to officially open the lounge.

In order to convert a small market in Vienna into a coffee shop or bar depending on the time of day, designer Lukas Galehr of MadameMohr used the humble 10cm x 10cm white tile as the basis for his interior. Using a system of easily concealable or interchangeable shelves, the owner of the small Super Mari' shop can tailor the store for morning coffee crowds, afternoon grocery shoppers, and evening drinkers. According to a statement from Galehr, the owner also requested, "that there should not be any fancy designer furniture nor any modern patterns or materials which would give the impression of something new and stylish." The space's flexibility has an added benefit, concealing the inventory adds some extra security. [via Dezeen]

When the owners of Bestie Currywurst decided to build out their 25-seat restaurant themselves, they asked Scott and Scott Architects to design an interior using only commonly available materials that could be built with simple power tools. The owners also asked for a certain amount of flexibility. In order to use the space for purposes other than just a restaurant, such as hosting events like movie screenings and community meetings, they needed the benches and tables to be easily rearranged. To fit the requirements, the architects designed an almost entirely modular restaurant, with a peg wall system that can be used for anything from hanging lights, to displaying design objects, storing coats in the winter, and holding extra barstools.

Stop by Bestie if you're hungry in Vancouver, and see a few more images at Moco

Mozilla Japan

As the latest proof of Mozilla's commitment to the philosophy of open source projects, the software company has applied the same collaborative, free information concept to its new office in Japan. After working with Nosigner to design an office complete with a special floor to conceal a network of cables, original light fixtures, and communal desks, Mozilla published the plans as a set of drawings anyone can download and use to recreate the office with the same inexpensive materials found in the original. Despite what look like extremely high quality working conditions, the new office is dubbed the "Mozilla Factory" [via Spoon Tamago]

Photo by: Andrea Steele. Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. | 101 Spring Street, New York, Exterior, 2005

Today, Monday June 3, small tour groups will finally get a look at the three-year, $23 million renovation that brought Donald Judd's former SoHo residence back to the exact condition he left it in. His original collection of artwork, including pieces from Frank Stella and John Chamberlain has been returned to its original placement in the house, as has furniture from Gerrit Rietveld and pieces Judd designed himself. 

Judd, who famously worked in the cosmically weird Marfa, TX, spent about 25 years in the five-floor house, which had a number of eccentric features. For instance, the kitchen has shelves only two inches tall to store silverware, and each floor is dedicated to a different activity, be it sleeping, eating, or working. 

The building at 101 Spring Street, which had its neo-Grec exterior restored and 1,300 cast-iron elements recast, is now to be known as the Judd Foundation.

Reservations, including half-price admission for students, are available from the Judd Foundation. Read more about the restoration and museum in the New York Times

101 Spring Street, New York, 5th Floor, 2013
Photo: Josh White. Donald Judd Art © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York Artwork ©John Chamberlain. © Lucas Samaras. Dan Flavin ©Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Donald Judd Furniture™© Judd Foundation.

101 Spring Street, New York, 2nd Floor, 2013
Photo: Josh White. Image ©Judd Foundation. Art ©Ad Reinhardt. Donald Judd Furniture™© Judd Foundation.

101 Spring Street, New York, 3rd Floor, 2010
Photot: Mauricio Alejo. Judd Foundation Archives. Image ©Judd Foundation.

When the Michigan-based designers at Color + Mirror created their flagship line of mirrors, they drew inspiration from the vintage dark glass mirrors popular in the 1920s. For their Spring 2013 collection, they replaced the elaborate frames and etchings of those original pieces with a minimalist circular design, and cut their version in three colors: gold, emerald, and black. With the right color and placement, the results can be fairly dramatic. The mirrors are designed and manufactured in their factory just outside of Detroit. 

Can you see yourself in a Color + Mirror? Order one online.