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Jens Risom

Danish, American, 1916-2016

The Danish-born Jens Risom brought the Scandinavian modern design sensibility to a wide audience in the United States. As the first designer for Knoll Inc., Risom introduced American buyers to the region’s enduring design values of simplicity, grace and craftsmanship.

Risom trained in furniture making at the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design under Ole Wanscher, alongside classmates Hans Wegner and Børge Mogensen. In 1939, a year after graduating from business school, Risom decided to move to the U.S. 

While working for an interior designer in New York in 1941, he met Hans Knoll, and the businessman and the designer hit it off. They brought out their first line the next year, despite wartime materials restrictions. The signature piece — now a design icon — was a lounge chair with a striking, undulant birch frame and a seat made of webbed sub-military grade parachute straps. Risom was drafted into the army, and served as a translator under General George Patton. When he returned from the war, Risom clashed over furniture design ideals with his business partner’s new bride, Florence Knoll, the pioneering mid-century modernist who was schooled in the Bauhaus method, which favored furniture with strict, geometric metal frames. Risom then started his own company, Jens Risom Design.

In the course of his long career, Risom developed a stylistic vocabulary that was a reflection of the life of the man himself: his furniture has Danish warmth coupled with an American air of crisp efficiency. Vintage Risom chairs are almost instantly recognizable — the arms and seat backs are set at a distinctive angle that seems to invite people to sit back and relax, yet they know they can hop up in an instant, ready to go.

As you will see on these pages, Jens Risom is one of the great men of American modern design who made furniture that is unique and timeless.

Find a collection of vintage Jens Risom furniture on 1stDibs that includes lounge chairs, desks, coffee tables and more.

Average Sold Price
$3,033
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Jens Risom Lounge Chair - Early and Rare in Maple - Model U430 Low Arm Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Decatur, GA
Jens Risom lounge chair, Model U-430. Rare solid maple version from early production runs in the early 1950's. Original recessed chrome sabots on the legs. All original finish. The f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

Materials

Upholstery, Maple

Jens Risom C180 Walnut and Upholstered Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Garnerville, NY
An excellent pair of Jens Risom designed C180 upholstered and walnut armchairs. Also know as 1109 after 1961. Risom was an instrumental part of revolutionizing the look of American l...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Armchair, New Charcoal Black Boucle Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Asheville, NC
Mid-Century Modern sculpted solid walnut lounge chair designed by Jens Risom. New foam and charcoal black boucle upholstery. Some scuffing/scratching to the chair arms and legs from ...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

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Bouclé, Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Jens Risom Model 6500 magazine table is designed in 1949, the magazine table reflects Risom’s idea that key to good design is comfort, the warmth of wood with a graceful style. Avail...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

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Oak

  • Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
  • Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
  • Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
  • Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
H 22.64 in. W 18.5 in. D 15.94 in.
Set of Loveseats by Jens Risom, C. 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of loveseats designed by The Iconic Danish Designer Jens Risom. Restored the way only Stamford Modern does it, fitted with new hand cut, high-grade foam, updated spring system ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

  • Set of Loveseats by Jens Risom, C. 1950s
  • Set of Loveseats by Jens Risom, C. 1950s
  • Set of Loveseats by Jens Risom, C. 1950s
  • Set of Loveseats by Jens Risom, C. 1950s
H 32.50 in. W 52 in. D 32 in.
Jens Risom Lounge Chair in Walnut and Bamboo Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom lounge chair, American walnut and bamboo fabric, United States 1960s. This lounge chair is designed by Danish designer Jens Risom. It is executed in American walnut woo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Knoll Jens Risom chairs. Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

Materials

Cotton, Maple

  • Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
  • Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
  • Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
  • Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
H 30.625 in. W 17.25 in. D 18 in.
Vintage Classic Armless Chairs by Jens Risom, 1950's
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of classic slipper or armless chairs by Jens Risom-original, vintage 1950's production. Walnut frames have a beautiful patina, newly reupholstered in beige velvet. These chair...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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Jens Risom Sellers

Modern Hill Inc.
4.7
Metro Retro Furniture MCM Furniture
4.6
Liberty & 33rd
4.9
Stamford Modern
5.0
Central Avenue Modern
5.0
Horseman Antiques Inc.
5.0
Open Air Modern
5.0
Original in Berlin
5.0

Jens Risom furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Jens Risom furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Jens Risom collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 227 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 8 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Jens Risom's original furniture was created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider furniture by Florence Knoll, Harvey Probber and Eero Saarinen if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Jens Risom furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $250 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,433.

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