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Jens Risom (Danish American, 1916–2016)
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 Footstools by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of footstools by Jens Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Footstools by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of footstools by Jens Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Design Pair of Oiled Walnut & Leather Upholstered Armchairs, c.1965
By Jens Risom
Located in Miami, FL
Offered for sale is an original pair of Jen Risom Design oiled walnut and leather upholstered armchairs. The chairs have upholstered oval backs on a sculptural walnut base, c.1965. A...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Vintage Leather and Walnut Sofa by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage leather sofa designed by Jens Risom for Risom Design Inc. in United States, circa 1950s. An elegant sofa recently upholstered in Italian leather. It consists of a so...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Jens Risom for Knoll Mid Century Sofa
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom for Knoll mid century sofa Sofa measures: 78.5 wide x 32.25 deep x 30.5 high, with a seat height of 14.75 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call res...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair Jens Risom lounge chairs Knoll Studios The Risom lounge chair was designed in 1943 and was one of the first pieces commissioned by Knoll. it brought the natural materials...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Cotton

Jens Risom A-chair – Metal Base
By Jens Risom, Fredericia
Located in Berkeley, CA
Jens Risom A-chair – Metal Base Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-Chair is a graceful expression of an elegant, upholstered chair in a timeless design, boasting an A-fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom 65 Sofa – 2 Seater – Metal Base
By Jens Risom, Fredericia
Located in Berkeley, CA
Risom 65 Sofa – 2 Seater – Metal Base Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1965, the Risom 65 Sofa boasts streamlined architectural lines in an elegant expression that’s clean and un...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom 65 Sofa – 3 Seater – Metal Base
By Jens Risom, Fredericia
Located in Berkeley, CA
Risom 65 sofa – 3 seater – metal base originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-chair is a graceful expression of an elegant, upholstered chair in a timeless design, boasting a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom Scoop Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom scoop chair for Knoll. Has black lacquered legs with a linen-blend fabric. Mid Century Modern
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Jens Risom Mid Century Playboy Chairs, Set of 4
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century playboy chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 23 wide x 23 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in wh...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs in Ivory Shearling, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Iconic Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom lounge chairs expertly reupholstered in soft ivory shearling with professionally refinished walnut frames. An exemplar of Mid-Century Modern desi...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Hide, Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut "Floating" Lounge Chairs in Olive Velvet
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These exceptional Jens Risom lounge chairs are rare, early examples and are supported by walnut bases. They are relatively small in scale, though the seat was designed to be wide and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 3
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut dining chairs - Set of 3 Each chair measures: 18 wide x 20.5 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair with Ottoman Model 654
By Walter Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll, pair of 'Vostra' chairs with ottoman, birch, pink canvas, brass, United States, design 1941, production 1950s Elegant lounge chairs with ottoman with be...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Canvas, Birch

Rare Pair of Jens Risom Upholstered and Walnut Armchairs Model #205
By Jens Risom
Located in Hudson, NY
Pair of Jens Risom armchairs. model #205 This is a really great unique style in that the height and construction is styled to be either a dining chair, a desk chair, or can be used ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, 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 Seating

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of Ebonized Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, ca. 1965
By Jens Risom
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of ebonized lounge chairs by Jens Risom, ca. 1965. Newly refinished and reupholstered in beautiful easy care oyster colored tweed, these Classic chairs are very comfortable with...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Birch

Set of Four Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, c. 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of four high-back lounge chairs designed by Jens Risom, featuring fully restored open-arm walnut frames, boasting clean, elegant lines from all angles. Newly upholstered in moh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut, Mohair

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany
By Jens Risom, Walter Knoll, Knoll
Located in Munster, NRW
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll - Easychair Vostra, 1941 Design from 1941 - model of the 50s, beech frame. This Easychair comes from the private property of an art dealer in Cologne,...
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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Beech

Mid-Century Modern Scoop Leather Lounge Chair by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, scoop, lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll features a minimal, black lacquered maple frame with a floating scoop seat newly upholstered in mustard yellow, textur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Leather, Maple

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 Seating

Materials

Fabric, Laminate, Walnut

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 Seating

Materials

Cherry

New Upholstered Jens Risom Lounge Chair in Risom Camira Fabric US, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
New upholstered Jens Risom lounge chair in Risom Camira fabric US, 1950s Rare Risom chair in walnut and Risom fabric. All newly upholstered.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Chairs for Knoll Associates, N.Y.
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom design side chairs for Knoll Associates, N.Y. Early modern design and the first designer to work with Knoll, labeled. All in good usable original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Maple

Jens Risom Floating Sofa in Walnut with Original Tweed Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome three-seat sofa designed by Jens Risom for Risom Design in the 1950s. Clean, sharp lines with a decorative button-tufted back detail. Sofa is supported by a sculptural walnu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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 Seating

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll, circa late 1940s. This 1943 design was Risom's first design for Knoll, where he had been brought on as design director. Because of the scarcity ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood, Maple

Jens Risom Sculptural Walnut Desk Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1960s Mid-Century Modern walnut desk chair designed by Jens Risom, lightly restored with distressed leather upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut bench by Jens Risom for Risom Design, USA, circa 1950s.This example has been re-upholstered in gray Belgian bouclé with contrasting tufted leather buttons. The solid walnut ba...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Leather, Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Naugahyde Chairs by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, side chairs by Jens Risom feature walnut frames with caramel brown Naugahyde upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Floating Top Coffee Table Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Baltimore, MD
Vintage midcentury 1960s modern walnut coffee table, long bench by Jens Risom. This beautiful Jens Risom table features walnut top gracefully suspended above tapered and flared legs....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

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Walnut

Low Armchair, Model U-430, in Walnut by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Boston, MA
This elegant armchair, model U-430, by Jens Risom features a walnut frame with a low profile. Originally "designed for quick change" with a concealed snap-fastened back cushion, it h...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Bronze Occasional Chairs, Pair
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century bronze occasional chairs - pair Each chair measures: 21.75 wide x 21 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 24 inches Each piece of...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Bronze

Stunning Black Button Tufted Leather Swivel Chairs, Jens Risom for Marble, Pair
By Marble Imperial, Jens Risom
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning pair of black button tufted leather swivel chairs by Jens Risom for marble, Classic Mid-Century Modern design, self balancing swivel mechanism bringing chairs back to positi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Pair of New Navy Blue Wool Upholstery Lounge Slipper Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Classic Jens Risom lounge chairs in navy blue wool upholstery. Gorgeous oiled walnut frames.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Wool, Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chair, 1960
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom walnut lounge chair, circa 1960.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Signed Jens Risom U-420 Lounge Chair 1940s Walnut Stunner
By Jens Risom
Located in West Hartford, CT
A model U-420 lounge chair by Jens Risom in highly figured walnut. The low lounge chair, U-420 is one of the most coveted in the midcentury cannon. All labels are present. Heavy con...
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1940s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut, Fabric

Jens Risom Set of Six 'Playboy' Dining Chairs in Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom, 'Playboy' armchairs, cane, fabric, walnut, United States, design 1958, production 1960s These "Playboy" walnut armchairs by Jens Risom feature original cane backs. The c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Cane, Walnut, Fabric

Jens Risom Mid Century Upholstered Walnut Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century upholstered walnut bench Bench measures: 49 wide x 19 deep x 18 high Each piece of furniture is available in what we call restored vintage condition. Upon pur...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Rare Jens Risom Leather Executive Chair for Jens Risom Design Inc.
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This an extremely rare Jens Risom high back executive armchair for Jens Risom design Inc. It features incredibly smooth black leather upholstery with a beautiful shiny patina and a m...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Metal

Jens Risom Midcentury Walnut Dining Chairs, a Set of Six
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of six model C276 dining chairs in walnut by Jens Risom. Newly refinished and reupholstered in a lovely white textured velvet.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Early Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Early Jens Risom Lounge Chairs, 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 Seating

Materials

Cherry, Upholstery

Jens Risom Lounge Chairs, Walnut and Knoll Bouclé
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of model U-420 lounge chairs by Jens Risom in highly figured walnut and Knoll Classic Boucle "Smoke". Refinished and reupholstered.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Jens Risom "Playboy" Mid Century Cane Back Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom "Playboy" Mid Century cane back chair Each chair measures: 20.5 wide x 19 deep x 32 high with a seat height of 17 inches This price includes getting this piece in what w...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Mid Century Modern Armchairs 'Oval-Back' by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, Knoll, Finn Juhl
Located in Framingham, MA
Beautiful set of oval-back armchairs in by Jens Risom designed armchairs, circa 1960s. The refinished oiled walnut frames reveal beautiful woods grain. Re-upholstered in sage green v...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair U-416 in Oiled Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Portland, ME
Model U-416 lounge chair designed by Jens Risom in all original vintage condition, made by Risom Design Inc., US, circa 1955. Chair features a sculpted oiled walnut frame and curved ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, 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 Seating

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Cane Back "Playboy" Side Desk Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, walnut "Playboy" side chair by Jens Risom is a great desk chair with newly upholstered wool blend seat and newly caned back.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Fabric, Cane, Walnut

Jens Risom Upholstered Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic Jens Risom six foot long, upholstered, floating bench. Walnut frame with natural, raw linen upholstery.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Danish Jens Risom attributed Mid-Century Modern armchairs with new wool felt upholstery, circa 1960s . Button tufted. Tapered legs with minor loses and fading to wood. Good original ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Wool

Jens Risom Easy Chair and Ottoman Model U333 and U790, 1959
By Jens Risom
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Jens Risom lounge chair (Model Number U 333 Easy Chair) and matching ottoman (Model Number U 790). This chair and ottoman set are very comfortable. They are structurally sound with...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Webbed Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom reintroduced webbed lounge chair. This chair is about 20 years old. Black webbing and black wood frame. Overall a pretty clean example of a Classic Early Risom for Knoll D...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Cotton, Maple

Set of Four Risom for KnollStudio Side Chairs, Ebony with Blue Webbing, 2010s
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
A four-piece set of early 2010s Jens Risom side chairs for KnollStudio in ebonized maple with blue webbing seats. Iconic chair was conceived in 1941 and introduced in 1943 by the ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Nylon, Maple

Jens Risom Walnut Armchair from 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautifully restored walnut armchair that has been lovingly restored with a deep walnut color stain and upholstered in a nice textured white velvet.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut

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 Seating

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Low Walnut Armchair by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Boston, MA
Both stylish and comfortable, this walnut midcentury armchair is Classic Jens Risom. Low and wide, with angled armrests, the proportions are well considered. The seat and snap-on bac...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Set of Three Jens Risom for Knoll Webbed Wood Side Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Set of three blueberry nylon webbed chairs with maple frames designed by Jens Risom for Knoll.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Seating

Materials

Nylon, Wood