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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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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 Sofas

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Upholstery, 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 Sofas

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Leather, Walnut

Sofa in Natural Mohair by Jens Risom, Model U-150
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Fully restored down to its bones, fitted with handcut high density foam. Newly upholstered in natural mohair by Schellens. Walnut base in perfect condition.   
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

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Mohair, Walnut

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 Sofas

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Fabric, Laminate, Walnut

Red Three-Seat Sofa with Walnut Frame by Jens Risom, Expertly Restored
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beautiful freshly restored and reupholstered Jens Risom sofa for Risom Designs. Completely restored and reupholstered. The arm curves down from the back and angles slightly upward fr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Three-Seat Jens Risom Sofa for Risom Design Inc in Good Condition
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
This Jens Risom sofa for Risom Design Inc. is in good condition. The solid walnut frame has been oiled and is in vintage condition with normal wear with age (slight imperfections). T...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom New Canval like Upholstery Loveseat Sofa by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Jens Rrisom sofa on oiled walnut legs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Long Mid-Century Sofa by Jens Risom Manufacturing
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This large-scale sofa measures over 9 feet long and makes a unique and stylish seating addition to any interior. Comfortable and stunning in it's size and simplicity, the design by J...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Floating Three-Seat Armless Sofa in Walnut and Mohair
By Jens Risom, Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Jens Risom Vintage Sofa with Sculpted Walnut Frame
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom Classic vintage three-seat sofa. Restored and newly upholstered in white linen. Walnut in excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

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Walnut

New Upholstered Jens Risom Sofa Set with Missoni Fabric
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
Excellent set by Jens Risom in fully restored condition. The fabric is an orange yellow Missoni fabric with new foam and restored walnut frame.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Sofa by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A three (3) seat sofa on a teak frame base retaining the original yellow upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Sofas

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Teak, Upholstery

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Danish Modern Sculptural Rosewood Sofa with Slat-Back Construction
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Aluminum Frame Armless Couch by Jens Risom
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  • Aluminum Frame Armless Couch by Jens Risom
H 32.5 in. W 79 in. D 27 in.
Important Series 65 Sofa and Lounge Chairs Set by Jens Risom, circa 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
One of Jens Risom's most sought after and rarest designs. Series 65 sofa and lounge chairs, dubbed "The Sled Collection". Low and wide profile set featuring extremely comfortable...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

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Jens Risom Three-Seat Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Houston, TX
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H 30.5 in. W 90 in. D 34 in.
Jens Risom Even Arm Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An exceptional and substantial even arm sofa with a sled base having three (3) seat and back cushions.
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Upholstery

  • Jens Risom Even Arm Sofa
  • Jens Risom Even Arm Sofa
  • Jens Risom Even Arm Sofa
  • Jens Risom Even Arm Sofa
H 21 in. W 109 in. D 37 in.
Midcentury Jens Risom Armless Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this beautiful armless sofa designed by Jens Risom. Featuring a walnut frame on original fabric. We loved the fabric so much that we had the cushioning repl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

  • Midcentury Jens Risom Armless Sofa
  • Midcentury Jens Risom Armless Sofa
  • Midcentury Jens Risom Armless Sofa
  • Midcentury Jens Risom Armless Sofa
H 33 in. W 78 in. D 32 in.
"Model 37" Sofa in Camel Velvet by Jens Risom for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
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Rapturous Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Tufted Slope Arm Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Pemberton, NJ
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Jens Risom High Backed Armless Sofa with Button Tufted Back
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom high backed armless sofa with button tufted back.
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Jens Risom Even-Arm Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare even-arm sofa by Jens Risom. Fully restored. Walnut bases with new upholstery over down cushions.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Sofas

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Walnut

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  • Jens Risom Even-Arm Sofa
  • Jens Risom Even-Arm Sofa
  • Jens Risom Even-Arm Sofa
H 27 in. W 93 in. D 37 in.
Jens Risom Three-Seat Sofa by Jens Risom Inc. in Solid Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
Jens Risom three-seat sofa new upholstered in Kvadrat Hallingdal. Mint condition.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Sofas

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Walnut

Rare Sofa by Jens Risom, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Rare sofa by Jens Risom Design, 1950s. An exceptional Danish Modern piece and one of Risom's most beautiful designs. The sculptural base is dark walnut. The comfort and quality are u...
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  • Rare Sofa by Jens Risom, 1950s
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  • Rare Sofa by Jens Risom, 1950s
H 31.5 in. W 72 in. D 33 in.
Jens Risom U-150 Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scarce, highly sought after U-150 sofa designed by Jens Risom. This stylish robust sofa is newly upholstered in a beautiful Colline Kvadrat Maharam fabric. The moire texture of the f...
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H 32 in. W 80 in. D 28 in.