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Jens Risom Furniture

Jens Risom (Danish American, 1916–2016)

The Danish-born Jens Risom brought the Scandinavian 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 Borge 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, 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. A Risom chair is 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 from these pages, Jens Risom is one of the great men of American modern design, who made furniture that is unique and timeless. Read more about Jens Risom in Introspective magazine.

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Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to honor traditi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jens Risom Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
5ft vintage Mid-Century Modern walnut Jens Risom credenza Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such a...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jens Risom Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Vintage Jens Risom Walnut Swivel Lounge Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Suede, Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Vintage Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Slipper Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Vintage Midcentury Restored Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Cowhide, Walnut

Vintage Midcentury Danish Jens Risom Teak Glass Bar Cart
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to honour tradit...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Teak

Vintage Midcentury Restored Jens Risom U-620 Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Restored Vintage Midcentury Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

One Vintage Jens Risom for Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1950s Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Maple

Two Restored Jens Risom Side Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of vintage side armchairs set. New upholstery in gray microfiber Tufted back detail Wood frame and legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Four Restored Jens Risom Dining Side Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom Credenza with Y-Shaped Drawer Pulls
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A rare and unique vintage Jens Risom credenza, this particular piece has y-shaped metal pulls, six regular drawers, one partitioned drawer, a filing drawer and a shelved cabinet. An ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern kneehole credenza designed by Jens Risom and made by Jens Risom Design. Two drawers and open shelving.
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1960s American Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Naugahyde

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