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Inside the Revamped 'Most Important Room in the World'

The U.N. Security Council Chamber is known as the "world's emergency room," because it's here, in this windowless room in NYC, around the horseshoe table and in the amphitheater-style seats, where global leaders convene when the world is pretty much falling apart. It's why Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide calls it "perhaps the most important room in the world," and why Norway gifted the room's first complete restoration, a process that has lasted three years.

In 1952, when Norwegian architect Arnstein Arneberg dreamed up the space, he looked to "to execute a room of good, durable materials with a character, in all simplicity, which represented not only a casual taste of today, but a character so neutral that it could withstand the test of time," and considering the recently revealed interiors—which are fresh in a mod Mad Men sort of way—look exactly as they were in 1952, it seems Arneberg's mission was accomplished.

According to Yahoo Homes, the chamber was first completely stripped and outfitted with modern-era tech requirements—outlets replaced ash trays on the table, for example—as well as better air conditioning, ventilation, and security.

Norwegian artist Else Poulsson's blue damask wall covering, printed with yellow anchors, wheat, and hearts (symbolizing faith, hope, and charity) has been restored, along with the space's colossal oil-on-canvas mural (depicting a phoenix rising from the ashes) by Norwegian artist Per Krohg.

Overall, the room looks like it was made in the mid-20th century, though that was kind of the point. As blogger John Hill of Archidose writes, "While hardly timeless, the combination of modern architecture, a figurative mural, modern furnishings, and richly patterned wallpaper is a successful one that manages to exude calm and respect."

· 'The most important room in the world' reopens [Yahoo Homes]