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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 Leather Webbed Lounge Chair with Ottoman, Jens Risom for Vostra Germany
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of leather webbed lounge chairs with matching ottomans, designed by Jens Risom and manufactured by Vostra (Walter Knoll) in Germany. Made of black stained wood and natural leath...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Jens Risom Walnut Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This compact credenza by Jens Risom, is made of solid walnut and finished with polished aluminum details. Left side has three drawers and the right side is open with two shelves. The...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom 'Playboy' Armchairs in Walnut and Black Leather
By Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom, 'Playboy' C140 armchairs, walnut, black leather, United States, design 1958, production, 1960s. These Classic "Playboy" walnut armchairs by Jens Risom feature black l...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Early Woven Leather Side Chairs Model No. 666 by Jens Risom for Knoll, 1940s
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Almelo, NL
Early woven leather side chairs model No. 666 by Jens Risom for Knoll from the 1940s. Structure in solid oak. Backrests and seating’s in leather brown braids. In good original condit...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Jens Risom Leather Sofa for Risom Design
By Jens Risom
Located in Burbank, CA
Vintage leather sofa designed by Jens Risom for Risom Design Inc. Solid walnut frame with exposed support to the back, slab seats and tufted backrest. Newly reupholstered in brown le...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

1970s Mid-Century Modern Minimalist Walnut & Chrome Executive Desk by Jens Risom
By Howe, Jens Risom
Located in Lafayette, IN
This unique executive desk was designed by Jens Risom and produced by Howe Furniture in the mid-late 1970s. The desk features Minimalist lines accented by 'floating' chrome legs, oil...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Chrome

Jens Risom Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom lounge chair. Newly upholstered in a linen-blend fabric with a black lacquered base.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Linen, Wood

Pair of Design Armchairs by Jens Risom in Oakwood, United States, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in La Bisbal de l'Empordà, ES
Pair of design armchairs by Jens Risom in oakwood and textile material straps, United States, 1950s Furniture designed by Jens Risom, United States, circa 1950 Good vintage condit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Textile, Oak

Jens Risom Nesting Tables
By Jens Risom
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of three walnut nesting tables with green vinyl tops. Designed by Jens Risom.
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1960s Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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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
A vintage midcentury single-pedestal walnut desk made by Jens Risom fully restored. This desk features two drawers with a pencil drawer and a pull-out surface. This Classic piece of ...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge A-Chair and Matching Ottoman Model 6540
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom lounge A-Chair with a rare matching ottoman. Sculptural solid walnut frame and newly upholstered. Mid Century Modern. Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-Chai...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Original Vintage Jens Risom Extension Dining Table with Six Chairs and Buffet
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom Period is 1950s. Extension table Table is 56” x 38” W and it extends to 92” height 29" 2 armchairs, 4 side chairs, in original upholstery. Buffet Measures: L 60", D ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Small Jens Risom Walnut Credenza / Sideboard
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom walnut credenza, this is a smaller size one, perfect for areas where you don't have all the room. Four drawer with solid brass handles on it's left, right side has the la...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Formica, Walnut

Jens Risom Desk with Edelman Leather Top
By Jens Risom
Located in Providence, RI
Oak desk designed by Jens Risom, circa 1954. Desk has been ebonized, and the top has been wrapped in Edelman leather. Drawers are constructed of solid oak. Top has a one inch tall ga...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Jens Risom Armless Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Risom lounge chair, solid cherry-wood reupholstered with Great Plains woven fabric.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Cherry

Early Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Risom lounges, solid cherry-wood articulated arms and frame, reupholstered with Great Plains woven fabric.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Cherry, Upholstery

Jens Risom Bracket Back Sofa
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Risom for Risom Inc. three seat sofa; Solid oiled-walnut base holds sofa frame securely, rebuilt completely and reupholstered with great plains cotton-poly blend.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom A-Line Lounge Chairs, Model #2136
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Iconic "A-Line" lounge chairs designed by Jens Risom model #2136, circa 1950s. Sculptural walnut bases fully restored. Newly upholstered in grey bouclé by Holly Hunt. Priced as pair.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Bouclé

Pair of Jens Risom End / Side Tables
By Jens Risom
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Jens Risom end / side tables. Surface floats on sculptural frame. Hidden drawer with dovetailing detail.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs, 1953 a Pair Midcentury
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A modernist pair of Jens Risom walnut lounge chairs. A rare model produced in 1953, stamped underside. Newly refinished and upholstered with a wonderful textured white velvet. D...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Rosewood Midcentury Dresser with Extraordinary Grain
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This beautiful dresser by Jens Risom has six drawers with solid rosewood handles and a wonderfully book-matched rosewood grained front and top. It has been totally refinished top to ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Rosewood

Pair of Jens Risom Teak Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Retaining original cobalt blue upholstery with Jens Risom label to underside.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Teak

Set of Six Jens Risom "Playboy" Walnut & Cane Dining Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Excellent set of 6 Jens Risom "Playboy" dining armchairs, 1960s. Professionally restored, refinished frames. New back caning. New fabric. These chairs have beautiful walnut graining....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Cane, Walnut

Jens Risom End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wonderful walnut side table designed by Jens Risom. Ample surface floats on sculptural frame, appearing airy and weightless. Beautiful wood grain all around and in good condition wit...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Sculptural Jens Risom Walnut Side Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Jens Risom side table for Risom Design Inc. (circa late 1940s-early 1950s). Composed of a 'floating' laminate top supported by a sculpted walnut base. Few scuffs / light wear t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Laminate, Walnut

Sculptural Jens Risom Walnut Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Jens Risom coffee table for Risom Design Inc. (circa late 1940s-early 1950s). Composed of a 'floating' laminate top supported by a sculpted walnut base. Walnut has been refin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Laminate, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Occasional Side Table, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish solid walnut and glass two-tier occasional side table By Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design, Inc. USA, 1950s Measures: 31.75" W x 32" D x 23.13" H. Exce...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Glass, Walnut

Modern Oak & Polished Aluminium Dining Table with Shamrock Legs by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A particularly striking dining table designed by Jens Risom, it is notable for its very fine metal work throughout. No expense was spared in the quality of material and finishing wor...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Aluminum, Aluminum

Jens Risom Lounge Chairs for Knoll, circa 1950
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Jens Risom Slipper lounge chairs for Knoll circa 1950. This pair has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Birch

Jens Risom Sofa with Built in Storage Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Providence, RI
Jens Risom sofa, circa 1955, floating on a walnut frame, with a built in cantilevered storage table with magazine rack and cubbyhole to rear, and storage compartment to front. Please...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Laminate, Walnut

Early Jens Risom for Knoll Strap Stool
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early Jens Risom for Knoll strap stool for Knoll, missing label, but date stamped May 15, 1952. Original finish shows age, original strap webbing worn, should be replaced. Small spli...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Maple

Jens Risom Chair Upholstered in Belgian Sand Colored Linen
By Jens Risom
Located in Westport, CT
Jens Risom chair newly upholstered in Belgian sand colored linen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Linen, Wood

Pair of Jens Risom Side Tables
By Jens Risom, Harvey Probber
Located in Hudson, NY
Pair of Jens Risom side tables, with two drawers and open storage below. Perfect for bedside tables. Made by Harvey Probber.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Jens Risom Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom lounge chair style U-450. The chair has a walnut sculptural base with original upholstery. Mid Century Modern.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Sofa Model U-150
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom sofa model U-150. Has a sculptural walnut base with original upholstery. Mid Century Modern.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom lounge chair with ottoman, in American walnut and bamboo fabric, United States 1960s. This lounge chair with ottoman in walnut presents an open arm frame. This lounge ch...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Walnut

Classic Slipper Chairs by Jens Risom, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of slipper chairs designed by Jens Risom, circa 1950s. This pair has been fully restored down to its bones, fitted with handcut high density foam. Newly upholstered in grey...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom Paddle Arm Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom lounge chairs with arms. Fully restored and reupholstered. Refinished walnut legs
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Jens Risom lounge chairs. Has a walnut base and the original fabric. Mid Century Modern.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Wood

Jens Risom Walnut T-490 Floating Top End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Garnerville, NY
Jens Risom design T-490 floating top walnut end table. Solid walnut round tapered legs, floating top with lower shelf. Measures: 27" x 21" x 24" high.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Scoop Chairs for Knoll, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Bellport, NY
Set of 6 Scandinavian modern midcentury Danish Jens Risom for Knoll Scoop dinning room chairs. Ebonized wood legs, upholstered in a rich warm rust red fabric.Price listed is for 6.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of Jens Risom lounge chairs in walnut, circa 1965. Chairs have been completely refinished in a dark walnut and reupholstered, including new foam. Measures: Width 27", height 29"...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Fabric

Set of Three Walnut and Leather Stools by Jens Risom, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightweight yet sturdy, this versatile set of stools can be used in a variety of settings. The butter-yellow leather on the curved seats contrast nicely with the rectangular lines an...
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1950s American Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Red Three-Seat Sofa with Walnut Frame by Jens Risom, Expertly Restored
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beautiful freshly restored and reupholstered Jens Risom sofa for Risom Designs. Completely restored and reupholstered. The arm curves down from the back and angles slightly upward fr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mahogany and Aluminum Cabinet Designed by Jens Risom Designs Inc
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A Mahogany sideboard with aluminum hardware designed by Jens Risom Designs Inc, circa 1960s. Labled on interior of top drawer. Two cabinets with shelfs, the third with drawers.      
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Mahogany

Jens Risom Bookcases
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom design pair of walnut bookcases with 5 adjustable shelves, solid high quality construction with finished backs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Midcentury Office Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Plymouth, MA
Nice walnut midcentury office / dining credenza by designer Jens Risom in excellent condition. Label is inside drawer. Piece has multiple drawers of various sizes including a file dr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Even Arm Sofa in Grey Felt by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An exceptional and substantial Mid-Century Modern Even Arm sofa designed by Jens Risom. This sofa in Classic linear form with a sled base is upholstered in dark grey felt and has thr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Felt, Upholstery, Wood

Jens Risom Bench in Walnut and Brown Fabric, USA, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom bench in solid walnut and brown fabric, USA, 1960s This small bench by Risom is well crafted in walnut, with an open frame. This brown woolen fabric is in great conditi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Mid-century Walnut Credenza by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Boston, MA
Jens Risom designed this credenza as part of an executive office suite. The handsome walnut case sets a shallow divided drawer above a deep drawer on either side of two shelves conce...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Metal

Mid-century Walnut Executive Desk by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Boston, MA
This executive desk, designed by Jens Risom in the 1960s, comprises a handsome walnut case that has been finished on all sides. Deep drawers with metal demilune pulls — two on the le...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Metal

Walnut Executive Desk by Jens Risom, circa 1950
By Jens Risom
Located in Hudson, NY
A very handsome vintage 1950s walnut executive desk designed by Jens Risom. Beautiful design with the case raised on steel legs, and with aluminum drawer pulls. This desk has the ori...
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1950s 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
A pair of walnut swivel lounge chairs in original purple composite upholstery with walnut bases and detachable suede cushions designed by Jens Risom.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Suede, Upholstery, Walnut

Swivel Chair by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An upholstered swiveling lounge chair in leather with a tilt mechanism on a metal disc base.   
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dresser by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Clean and elegant, Mid-Century Modern, walnut dresser by Jens Risom features 3 drawers; two 8 inches height on the bottom and one 6 inches height on top.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Darien, CT
Newly refinished 1960s vintage lounge chair by Jens Risom for Risom Design.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Occasional Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poised, elegant pair of 1950s walnut armchairs, model 108 designed by Jens Risom. This scarce pair is newly upholstered in a sumptuous ochre velvet fabric by Pierre Frey. Buoyant cus...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

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