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Jens Risom Side Chairs

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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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 Side Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Cane, Walnut

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

C275 Side Chair in Oak by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, BENCHMARK
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

Materials

Oak

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 Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Vintage Jens Risom 'Model 666' Dining Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Spectacular set of 4 dining chairs designed by Jens Risom and made by Knoll. This model 666 was only taken into production for a short while in the 1940s. Here’s you chance to own...
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1940s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Maple

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

Modern Jens Risom Turquoise Weaved Strap Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Houston, TX
Modern and unique lounge chair by Jens Risom made from turquoise strap weaving. Sleek minimal design perfect for any setting.
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1960s Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

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

Jens Risom Occasional Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic Jens Risom occasional chair reupholstered in Cowtan and Tout "Fables" linen print. Seat height is 17".
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1950s American Modern Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs

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

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 Side Chairs

Materials

Birch

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

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