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Jens Risom Chairs

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
Jens Risom Armchair for Knoll Associates
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
This is a beautiful upholstered armchair designed by Jens Risom for HG Knoll & Associates in the 1940s. It is one of the early, iconic chairs that ushered in a period of incredible mid-century modern design. The solid Birch frame cradles a foam cushioned seat that was recently reupholstered in Knoll Maharam fabrics. The fabric is timeless and high-quality, and it suits the lighter birch wood color perfectly. This is more than just a collectible MCM chair...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Birch

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 re-edition of the chair is currently being retailed at John Roselli for $3600 per chair. This pair is in good original condition and has the Jens Risom label...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Rare Pair of Risom for Knoll 666 Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Early and hard to find design by Jens Risom for Knoll, model 666 chairs having birch frames and cloth webbing seats. These chairs are in original and untouch...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Fabric, Birch

Pair Jens Risom Playboy chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
A pair Jens Risom walnut armchairs model C140 Playboy chairs. Iconic Mad Men era chairs. All original in very good condition. This is a great set of ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

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 exem...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Hide, Walnut

Jens Risom Midcentury Modern Arm Chairs - Set of 8 - Model C170 - Black Walnut
By Jens Risom, Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Decatur, GA
Set of eight (8) vintage mid century modern arm chairs by Jens Risom, circa late 1950s. Model C-170 in solid American black walnut with sculpted flared armrests. Stout and sturdy Ame...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Wool

Vintage Classic Armless Chairs by Jens Risom, 1950's
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of classic slipper or armless chairs by Jens Risom-original, vintage 1950's production. Walnut frames have a beautiful patina, newly reupholstered in Brunschwig & Fils linen, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom in Red Maharam Leather Armchairs or Occasional Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of poised and elegant model 1103 armchairs, designed by Jens Risom for his eponymous company Jens Risom Design Inc. Showcasing the designer’s fusion of Scandinavian and America...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Set of six early Jens Risom chairs. France 1950.
By Jean Prouvé, Florence Knoll, Marcel Gascoin, Jens Risom
Located in SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN, FR
Set of six chairs designed by Jens Risom. The oldest model features a solid oak structure and natural reed weaving for both the backrest and seat. The chairs have developed a beautif...
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1950s French Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Oak

2021 Jens Risom for Knoll Risom Side Dining Chair Ebonized Maple & Black Webbing
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a single Risom dining chair in ebonized maple with black cotton webbing designed by Jens Risom and produced by Knoll. This example was produced in 2021 and came di...
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2010s American Modern Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Ash

Set of 8 Fully Restored Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Playboy Dining Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Large set of eight Jens Risom Playboy dining chairs professionally reupholstered in super soft and curly camel fabric. An exemplar of Mid-Century Modern design, Danish American Jens ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom midcentury walnut lounge chair. This chair measures: 23.25 wide x 24 deep x 31 high, with a seat height of 17.5 and arm h...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Midcentury Walnut & Cream Occasional Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Jens Risom 1960s arm chairs. These examples have newly finished solid walnut frames with subtly tapered arms and have bean recently upholstered in a soft off-white leather.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Jens Risom U431 Armless Chair in European Oak
By Jens Risom, BENCHMARK
Located in Saffron Walden, GB
The U431 armless chair was first introduced in 1955 by Jens Risom Inc. Designed by the legendary Danish-born American designer, it is a timeless piece that works well in both residen...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Oak

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany
By Knoll, Walter Knoll, Jens Risom
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 Chairs

Materials

Beech

Jens Risom C275 Side Chair in Oak
By Jens Risom, BENCHMARK
Located in Saffron Walden, GB
The C275 side chair was designed in 1957 and first appeared in the Jens Risom Design ‘Contemporary Furniture Catalog Supplement’ of that year. The piece is offered with an oak frame, a laminated oak back and a choice of upholstery options. In 2010, English furniture maker benchmark, in collaboration with Jens Risom and Rocket, secured the European rights to reissue Risom’s 1950s and 1960s furniture...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Oak

Pair of Jens Risom Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Jens Risom armchairs with black lacquered wood frames.   
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Jens Risom C-120 Armchair
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
For your consideration is this handsome 1950's model C-120 Jens Risom armchair in exceptional all-original condition. The chair features an exposed, solid walnut frame with an elegan...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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 Chairs

Materials

Nylon, Wood

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Jens Risom Set of 2 Captains Arm Chairs Walnut Leather
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Set of 2 Arm Chairs by Jens Risom. Walnut Frames. Vintage Leather seat and backrest.
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1960s Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
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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10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
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H 30.6 in W 17.25 in D 18 in
Mid-Century Pair of Armchairs by Knoll Associates
By Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage pair of comfortable armchairs designed by Knoll Associates. Chairs feature off-white tufted upholstery and sleek polished chrome legs. Both chairs come with optional arm pr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Jens Risom 'Vostra' Lounge Chair in Canvas Webbing
By Walter Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll, 'Vostra' chair, beech, canvas, brass, United States, design 1941, production 1950s An elegant lounge chair featuring exquisite canvas webbing, this piec...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Brass

Early Jens Risom Knoll Associates Armless Settee
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Southampton, NJ
Classic early Knoll Associates sofa designed by Jens Risom in the early 1940s. Solid birch base with sleek angled and tapering legs support a comfortable cantilevered seat with origi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Birch, Upholstery

Strap Lounge Chair 1950s, Jens Risom Style
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Den Haag, NL
Lovely high back lounge chair. Very nice design. Black beech wood frame, comes with off white fabric straps light in weight, comes with the normal wear and tear after over 60 years ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Fabric

Strap Lounge Chair 1950s, Jens Risom Style
Strap Lounge Chair 1950s, Jens Risom Style
H 37.41 in W 18.9 in D 29.93 in
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International Set of Six Dining Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of six dining chairs, model '72', chrome-plated steel, fiberglass, fabric, United States, design 1948, produced 1970s Dining chairs mode...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Stunning Pair Modernist Walnut Arm Chairs by Stow Davis /after Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, Stow Davis
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning pair modernist sculptural walnut arm chairs by Stow Davis /after Jens Risom. Classic Mid-Century Modern Design, beautiful dove-tail joinery, ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom 666 Side Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Jens Risom chairs made in the 1940s, model “666” of the 600 series from 1941.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Birch

Early Jens Risom for Knoll Strap Stool
By Jens Risom, Knoll
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 wor...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Maple

Early Jens Risom for Knoll Strap Stool
Early Jens Risom for Knoll Strap Stool
H 17.63 in W 16.75 in D 15.13 in
Early Chair Attributed to Jens Risom for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in South Charleston, WV
A very early chair that is attributed to Jens Risom for Knoll. The chair features a vinyl type finish that is in good condition with a few marks and light staining. The legs have ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

Pair Modernist Walnut and Channeled Naugahyde Lounge Chairs Attr. to Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair of modernist walnut and channeled Naugahyde lounge chairs attributed to Jens Risom. Wonderful design. Channeled seats and backs similar to 1950s car interior seats. Extremely co...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Naugahyde, Walnut

Previously Available Items
Jens Risom C180 Walnut and Wool Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Providence, RI
Set of two floating walnut lounge chairs designed by Jens Risom. Original wood frames are in good condition with minimal wear. Chairs were reupholstered in a nubby wool imported from...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Walnut

Early Jens Risom 666 Side Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Princeton Junction, NJ
Jens Risom and Hans Knoll came to the US seeking greater opportunities in Denmark and Germany. Hans Knoll's father, Walter Knoll, already had a fairly large furniture company in Germ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Canvas, Wood

Early Jens Risom 666 Side Chair
Early Jens Risom 666 Side Chair
H 30.32 in W 17.33 in D 18.12 in
Jens Risom Strapped Leather Lounge Chair
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll, circa 1940s. This 1943 design was Risom's first design for Knoll, where he had been brought on as design director. This piece features a birch f...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Steel

Jens Risom Midcentury Walnut & Cream Occasional Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pair of Jens Risom arm chairs. These examples have newly finished solid walnut frames with subtly tapered arms and have bean recently upholstered in a soft off-white textile. Price i...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Arm Chairs, Midcentury Walnut + Blue Velvet Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Jens Risom, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll
Located in Decatur, GA
Jens Risom upholstered armchairs in sculpted solid black walnut - set of four, circa early 1960s. Refined, elegant Danish modern design coupled with stout and sturdy American craftsmanship. This listing is for a set of four (4) arm chairs Fully restored with blue performance velvet...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom Arm Chairs, Midcentury Walnut + Blue Velvet Dining Chairs, a Pair
By Jens Risom, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll
Located in Decatur, GA
Jens Risom upholstered arm chairs in sculpted solid black walnut - set of two, circa early 1960s. Refined, elegant Danish modern design coupled with stout and sturdy American craftsmanship. This listing is for a pair (2) arm chairs - We have three (3) pairs available. Fully restored with blue performance velvet...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Set of 3 Mid-Century Jens Risom Armchairs with New Bright Yellow Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Asheville, NC
We have 3 of these Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom armchairs in stock. New yellow upholstery. Some scuffing/scratching/fading to the walnut bases from age appropriate wear.  
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, Original, Early, Rare Angled Arm Design
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early pair of angle arm lounge chairs designed by Jens Risom. These are one of Risom earliest designs after leaving his position as design director for Knoll. The chairs retain the o...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Set of 12 Fully Restored Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Playboy Dining Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Large set of twelve Jens Risom Playboy Dining Chairs professionally reupholstered in super soft camel curly fabric. An exemplar of Mid...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Cane, Upholstery, Walnut

"Risom" Lounge Chair by Jens Risom for Knoll, 1943
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These "Risom" chairs were designed by Jens Risom for Knoll International in 1943. It is a testament to the simplicity and ingenuity that is found in timeless furniture. it is one ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Chairs

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Cotton

Set of 10 Fully Restored Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Playboy Dining Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Large set of ten Jens Risom Playboy dining chairs professionally reupholstered in super soft camel curly fabric. An exemplar of Mid-Ce...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

Set of 6 Jens Risom Walnut Dining Chairs with Caned Backs
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of 6 Jens Risom Dining Room Chairs. Newly refinished, reupholstered and caning replaced! These are a nice large scale dining chair! Very solid and ready to go! New velvet sea...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

Jens Risom chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Jens Risom chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 23 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 2 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs by Jens Risom were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates, and Baker Furniture Company. Prices for Jens Risom chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $650 and can go as high as $28,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,498.
Questions About Jens Risom Chairs
  • 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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