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Jens Risom Desks

Danish, 1916-2016
Danish, 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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Desk by Jens Risom, Blonde Wood, Blue Drawer Fronts, Chrome Pulls, Laminate Top
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Jens Risom desk for Risom Designs. Birch wood case, light blue lacquered drawer fronts, chrome pulls, brass feet, and virtually indestructible Laminate top. Condition is good and com...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Brass, Chrome

Jens Risom Mid Century L Shaped Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century L shaped walnut executive desk Desk measures: 62 wide x 34.75 deep x 28.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintag...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Walnut

Jens Risom Left Hand Return Floating Desk and Wall Storage Unit
By Jens Risom
Located in South Charleston, WV
Jens Risom, Circa 1965, part of the Group 5 Series. Oak. L-shaped desk with raised return storage. 20 images provided. 83.5" wide, 65" deep and 66" tall. Desk Height 29.25". Desk de...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Steel

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut L Shaped Corner Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut L shaped corner desk The desk measures: 74.5 wide x 52 deep x 24.75 inches high; with a chair clearance of 24.75 inches All pieces of furniture ca...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut executive desk This desk measures: 81 wide x 36 deep x 28.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Walnut

1970s Mid-Century Modern Minimalist Walnut & Chrome Executive Desk by Jens Risom
By Howe, Jens Risom
Located in Lafayette, IN
This unique executive desk was designed by Jens Risom and produced by Howe Furniture in the mid-late 1970s. The desk features Minimalist lines accented by 'floating' chrome legs, oil...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Demilune Executive Desk & Console Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Lafayette, IN
This spectacular Mid-Century Modern executive desk was manufactured by the Jens Risom, and is accompanied by a matching console. Desk features a beautiful Asian-influenced, mahogany ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Brass

1970s Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Aluminum Executive Desk by George Ciancimino
By Jens Risom, George Ciancimino
Located in Lafayette, IN
Amazing 1970s walnut and aluminum executive desk designed by George Ciancimino for Jens Risom Furniture. Desk features a sleek, Minimalist design, two drawers, two slide-out tablets,...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Aluminum

Jens Risom Mid Century Large Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century large walnut executive desk This desk measures: 81.25 wide x 36 deep x 28.75 inches high, with a chair clearance of 25 inches All pieces of furniture ca...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Walnut

Jens Risom Modernist Executive Rosewood Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1960's modernist rosewood executive desk designed by Jens Risom, in vintage condition lightly restored with two drawers and two pull out trays and chrome hardware. The b...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Rosewood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jens Risom Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage midcentury single-pedestal walnut desk made by Jens Risom fully restored. This desk features two drawers with a pencil drawer and a pull-out surface. This Classic piece of ...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut and Brass Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut and brass desk Desk measures: 72 wide x 36.25 deep x 30 inches high, with a chair clearance of 26.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in w...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks

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Brass

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Jens Risom Desks for sale on 1stDibs.

Jens Risom Desks are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our Jens Risom Desks collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 9 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Jens Risom's original desks were created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Desks by Florence Knoll Desks, Milo Baughman Desks and Drexel Desks. Prices for Jens Risom Desks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On Amazon, the price for these items starts at $1,799 and tops out at $8,950, while pieces like these can sell for $3,900 on average.