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Jens Risom Furniture

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.

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Creator: Jens Risom
Dealer: Metro Retro Furniture MCM Furniture
Pair of Vintage Midcentury Restored Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom`s career has spanned nearly sixty years. He began his study of design in the Copenhagen workshop of Kaare Klint in 1935 and joined Ernst Kuhn`s architectural office in 1938, where he designed furniture and interiors. In 1939, Risom emigrated to the U.S. and in 1941 designed the first chair manufactured by Knoll. Risom described the chair as "very basic, very simple, inexpensive, easy to make." The chair was constructed with a birch wood frame and, because of wartime materials constraints, cheap but strong army surplus...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cowhide, Walnut

Mid-Century Jen Risom Walnut Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
40? Mid-century Jen Rison walnut coffee table. Jens Risom coffee table in walnut laminate. Round top with square sculptural base. Original Jens Risom D...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

One Vintage Jens Risom for Knoll Lounge Chairs
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
One mid-century modern armless lounge chair designed by Jens Risom for Knoll originally in 1946. This early design has a hard maple frame with new linen upholstery.
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1950s Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Maple

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

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

Materials

Suede, Upholstery, 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

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

Materials

Oak

Four Restored Jens Risom Dining Side Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Four Vintage Side Arm Chairs Set New upholstery in gray microfiber Wood frame and legs
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Oak

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
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 h...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

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By Jens Risom
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Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll International
By Jens Risom
Located in Munich, DE
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

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Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll International
Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll International
H 26.38 in W 24.41 in D 28.75 in
Pair of Bouclé Slipper Chairs Designed by Jens Risom for H.G. Knoll Associates
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Jens Risom for H.G. Knoll Associates armless slipper chairs composed of upholstered seats supported by walnut bases (first appearing in the 1942 Knoll catalog). There is a slight d...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Vintage Compact Danish Teak Expandable Bar Cabinet by Dyrlund
By Dyrlund
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern compact dry bar cabinet in teak model no. 7739 manufactured by Dyrlund, Copenhagen. This clever piece features an extendable serving top with an easy to maintain black laminate surface. Equipped with two dovetail drawers, a stainless steel ice bucket, one adjustable shelf, and plenty of storage for cocktail glasses and bottles. Accented with a modern aluminum square knob...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Rare Early Walnut Bench or Coffee Table by Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice solid walnut bench or coffee table by Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Jens Risom Midcentury Coffee Table
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Vintage Danish Teak Bar Cabinet, 1960s
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By Jens Risom
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Metal

Mid-century Walnut Credenza by Jens Risom
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H 28.5 in W 60 in D 21.75 in
Previously Available Items
Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Cotton

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Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
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Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jens Risom Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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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

Vintage Midcentury Restored Jens Risom U-620 Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Rare Jens Risom Stools in Leather
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of rare, iconic Jens Risom stools. Teak with newly upholstered leather seats and backs Brass foot rests. 27" Seat Height When shopping for stools: Stools with a seat height of ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Teak

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jens Risom Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage Mid-Century 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 Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Vintage Jens Risom Executive Teak Desk with Return
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A teak Executive Jens Risom Desk with a return. There are four drawers to this desk, two of them pencil drawers with separated laminate compartments in addition to two extending pull...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Jens Risom Single Drawer Black Leather and Rosewood Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A little over six and a half feet long, this Mid Century Modern desk by Jens Risom has a dark leather top, a rosewood base and aluminum glides at the end of its four elegantly rounde...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Aluminum

Jens Risom Mid Century Writing Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A striking mid century writing desk by Jens Risom. Desk is of wood and chrome construction with a black laminate top. The desk features ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Chrome

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

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Jens Risom furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Jens Risom furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jens Risom furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 323 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 5 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Jens Risom were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Fredericia, Florence Knoll, and Craft Associates. Prices for Jens Risom furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $350 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,213.
Questions About Jens Risom Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Jens Risom was a Danish designer. Many people credit him with bringing the modern style of Scandinavian design to the U.S. He is well-known for his chairs, which feature angled seat backs often upholstered with webbing. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Jens Risom furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Jens Risom was Danish. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 8, 1916, and attended Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design. Following his graduation, Risom moved to the U.S., where he lived for the rest of his life. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Jens Risom furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Normally, vintage furniture dealers or auction and online platforms specializing in authentic vintage furniture sell Jens Risom rockers. From time to time, rocking chairs produced by the Danish designer may appear at thrift shops and secondhand stores or be available directly from individuals who own them. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Jens Risom chairs.

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