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Jens Risom

Danish, 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.

Average Sold Price
$3,391
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Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom lounge and ottoman, rare chair and ottoman, solid cherrywood in 3original wood tones, reupholstered with Great Plains cotton-poly. Ottoman dimensions H 15.75" W 23" D 21"
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

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Cherry

  • Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
  • Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
  • Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
  • Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
H 30.5 in. W 23 in. D 30 in.
Walnut Games Table by Jens Risom, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare walnut games table designed by Danish-born designer Jens Risom, circa 1950s. This table has been completely restored to match its original integrity featuring implacable finis...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

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Maple, Walnut

Jens Risom U440 Lounge Chair in Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
Floating lounge chair by Jens Risom. Model U440. Constructed out of solid walnut. Gorgeous architectural design allowing the seat to appear suspended while being supported by its bas...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

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Upholstery, Walnut

  • Jens Risom U440 Lounge Chair in Walnut
  • Jens Risom U440 Lounge Chair in Walnut
  • Jens Risom U440 Lounge Chair in Walnut
  • Jens Risom U440 Lounge Chair in Walnut
H 33 in. W 27.5 in. D 30.5 in.
10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Knoll Studio classic, Jens Risom's designs were the first pieces manufactured by Knoll. Due to war-time restrictions on materials, this style chair was originally constructed of si...
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1940s American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom

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Cotton, Wood

  • 10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
  • 10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
  • 10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
  • 10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
H 30.6 in. W 17.25 in. D 18 in.
Jens Risom Walnut Paper Tray
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut paper tray by Jens Risom for Risom Design. The tray features oiled walnut angled side panels with a slanted bed and finger joinery. There are four trays available and they ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Jens Risom

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Wood, Walnut

  • Jens Risom Walnut Paper Tray
  • Jens Risom Walnut Paper Tray
  • Jens Risom Walnut Paper Tray
  • Jens Risom Walnut Paper Tray
H 3 in. W 11 in. D 14 in.
Mid Century Letter Tray by Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural letter tray in walnut, by Jens Risom. This example is in very fine, original condition, clean and ready to use.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

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Walnut

  • Mid Century Letter Tray by Risom
  • Mid Century Letter Tray by Risom
  • Mid Century Letter Tray by Risom
  • Mid Century Letter Tray by Risom
H 3 in. W 11 in. D 14.25 in.
Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut stool This stool is 16 wide x 19 deep x 37.25 inches high, with a seat height of 27 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom

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Walnut

  • Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
  • Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
  • Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
  • Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
H 37.25 in. W 16 in. D 19 in.
Square Jens Risom Design Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Solid square oiled walnut Jens Risom coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom

Materials

Walnut

  • Square Jens Risom Design Coffee Table
  • Square Jens Risom Design Coffee Table
  • Square Jens Risom Design Coffee Table
  • Square Jens Risom Design Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 32 in. D 32 in.
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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 Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 237 vintage editions of these items, while there are 9 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 Charles Eames Furniture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Furniture and Craft Associates Furniture when they are looking for additional options. The prices for Jens Risom furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$250 and tops out at US$36,000, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for US$3,502.