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Jens Risom Side Chairs

Danish, American, 1916-2016
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 Dining Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Knoll Jens Risom chairs. Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Maple

Midcentury Jens Risom Side Chair for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton strapping. A classic midcen...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Maple

Set of Twelve Upholstered Oak Dining Side Chairs by Jens Risom, USA, 1960's
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
A set of twelve side chairs in oak and upholstery by Jens Risom.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Mid Century Accent Side Chair by Jens Risom for Marble Furniture
By Milo Baughman, B.L. Marble Furniture, B.L. Marble Chair Co., Dunbar Furniture, Jens Risom
Located in Framingham, MA
Lovely all original side chair by Jens Risom for Marble Furniture Company. Nice patina to the walnut. Very nice use of dowels to hide screws. The channeled olive green vinyl is in ni...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Oakville, CT
Set of four authentic Jens Risom side chairs in oak. In good shape all around, wear is commensurate with age. Fabric could do with a cleaning or reupholstering. Foam has not disinteg...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, 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 Side Chairs

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom Mid Century General Purpose Walnut Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century general purpose walnut chair The chair measures: 21.75 wide x 21.75 deep x 32.25 high, with a seat height and chair clearance of 18.25 inches ?All pieces...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Early Woven Leather Side Chairs Model No. 666 by Jens Risom for Knoll, 1940s
By Jens Risom, Knoll
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 Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Vintage Jens Risom Danish Modern Armchair Model C-170
By Jens Risom
Located in Round Rock, TX
A solid walnut armchair designed by Jens Risom. Architectural in design, with clean lines and sculpted armrests. Would function well as a desk chair or side chair. Offered in...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Early Jens Risom for Knoll Model 666 Webbed Side Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, 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 untouched condition, both show l...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Birch

Set of Four Risom for KnollStudio Side Chairs, Ebony with Blue Webbing, 2010s
By Knoll, Jens Risom
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 Side Chairs

Materials

Nylon, Maple

Jens Risom C275 Side Chair in Oak
By BENCHMARK, Jens Risom
Located in London, 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 fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Side Chairs

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Oak

Pair of Jens Risom 666 Side Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
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 Side Chairs

Materials

Birch

Extremely Rare Asian Inspired Modernist Side Chairs Designed by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare Asian inspired modernist side chairs designed by Jens Risom for jENS Risom Studios,,,, Could NOT find another example on the internet? Can possibly be found in a Jens ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Naugahyde, Wood

Early Jens Risom Side Chair for Knoll
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed for Knoll by Jens Risom in 1943. Basket-woven parachute straps.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Birch, Canvas

Jens Risom Model 108 Walnut Side 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 luxurious, earthy sage leather, a versatile and subtle to...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Located in South Bend, IN
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Jens Risom side chairs for sale on 1stDibs

The Jens Risom side chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Jens Risom side chairs there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 14 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many original side chairs by Jens Risom were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider side chairs by Edward Wormley, Dunbar and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Prices for Jens Risom side chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $499 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,440 on average..

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