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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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Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Executive Desk & Credenza, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a sensational, executive desk and matching credenza cabinet, by Jens Risom, circa the 1960s. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions of the desk are ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Wood

Early Jens Risom Low Profile Walnut Coffee Table, circa 1948
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Danish modern design is predominantly known for two features - sculptural design and quality construction meant to last and last. And this early Jens Risom table is no exception. Des...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom 600 Cloud Table for Knoll, 1940s
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Very early design by Jens Risom for Knoll in the 1940s. Made of solid maple, this amorphic table top is a great example of organic modernism. Classic Risom leg details and a lovely n...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Maple

Jens Risom Mid Century 5 Drawer Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century 5 drawer walnut executive desk Desk measures: 68 wide x 34.25 deep x 28.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage conditio...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Metal

Original Vintage Jens Risom Extension Dining Table with Six Chairs and Buffet
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom Period is 1950s. Extension table Table is 56” x 38” W and it extends to 92” height 29" 2 armchairs, 4 side chairs, in original upholstery. Buffet Measures: L 60", D ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Wood

Jens Risom Mid Century Surfboard Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century surfboard walnut executive desk. Desk measures: 96 wide x 42 deep x 29.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage co...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Brass

Jens Risom Mid Century Half Round Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century half round executive desk. Desk measures: 96 wide x 48 deep x 29.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage conditio...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Wood

Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Jens Risom Model 6500 magazine table is designed in 1949, the magazine table reflects Risom’s idea that key to good design is comfort, the warmth of wood with a graceful style. Avail...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Oak

Jens Risom Solid Walnut Round Side Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom Solid Walnut Round Side Table. Seldom seen design, 3 tapered legs with a Walnut top that has a stepped down edge design. Retains Original Paper Label to underside. Surface...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Style Midcentury Walnut Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Style midcentury walnut coffee table Table measures: 36 wide x 18.75 deep x 13 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. This...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Round Lazy Susan Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century round lazy Susan coffee table. Coffee table measures: 42 wide x 42 deep x 16 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 Tables

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Wood

Jens Risom Mid Century Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century coffee table. Coffee table measures: 32 wide x 32 deep x 16 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Wood

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Large Walnut 2-Pc Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in West Hartford, CT
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern two piece walnut executive desk designed by Jens Risom. The desk features gorgeous walnut wood grain and sleek Minimalist design. It offers exceptio...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Conference Dining Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large, 8 ft, Mid-Century Modern, walnut, conference or dining table by Jens Risom features a curved, surf board top that tapers to 36 inches at each end with trestle base.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

George Ciancimino for Risom Aluminum and Walnut Dining Table
By Jens Risom, George Ciancimino
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Designed in 1972 by George Ciancimino and distributed in the USA by Jens Risom, this rare and unique dining table makes us of Ciancimino's distinctive solid extruded aluminum cloverl...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Aluminum

Jens Risom for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquered Side Tables, Pair
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Mid-Century Modern style black lacquered side tables By Jens Risom for Knoll USA, 20th century Measures: 18" W x 18" D x 20" H. Good original vintage c...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Jens Risom Rosewood Desk, Denmark, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Utrecht, NL
Jens Risom, rosewood desk, manufactured by Risom Design, 1960s. This nicely shaped Jens Risom desk has a well sized desktop, two-drawer units with drawers and a pull out leaf with...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Rosewood

Modern Walnut & Chrome Boat Shape Dining Conference Table by Jens Risom for Howe
By Jens Risom
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous modern boat shaped dining table or conference table by Jens Risom for Howe Furniture. Comprised of walnut veneer and chrome cylinder legs. Gorgeous age and use appropriate c...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Chrome

Midcentury Jens Risom Floating Top Coffee Table Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Baltimore, MD
Vintage midcentury 1960s modern walnut coffee table, long bench by Jens Risom. This beautiful Jens Risom table features walnut top gracefully suspended above tapered and flared legs....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Square Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Beautiful solid walnut table designed by Jens Risom for his own company. Distinctive leg design and floating top make this table an eyecatcher. Label not present but you can see wher...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom for Knoll Round Side Tables
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Norwalk, CT
Jens Risom’s furniture, the first collection designed for and manufactured by Knoll, helped establish the company as an early source of modern design in America. The simple wood side...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Wood

Jens Risom Side Table Originally Sold through DWR
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom side table with a black leather stretched lower shelf. Table is just a few years old and out of Production. Overall in nice shape, top on very close examination shows fine...
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2010s Polish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Leather, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut and White Leather Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut and white leather executive desk Desk measures: 62 wide x 67.5 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vinta...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut, Leather

Jens Risom Compact Writing Desk, Floating Dining Table Walnut & Formica, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in National City, CA
By modernist designer Jens Risom of Denmark: Scandinavian floating walnut writing table entry desk Midcentury period 1950s Wonderful compact size ideal for narrow dining table optio...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Formica, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Boat Shaped Walnut Dining Table with 2 Leaves by Jen's Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous walnut boat shaped, (table narrows by 6 inch on each end, from 52 to 36.5). Has 2 18-leaves with same thickness of the table. Matches up perfectly. Table operates freely wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Side End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut side end table Size: 21 wide x 30 deep x 22 high   This piece is available in what we call restored vintage condition. Upon purchase it is fixed so it’...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Design Walnut Floating Top Coffee Table Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury Jens Risom design 6’ long walnut floating coffee table bench. Beautiful design and shape. Has floating top design coffee table top. Labeled Jens Risom Design. Great refini...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut T-490 Floating Top End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Garnerville, NY
Jens Risom design T-490 floating top walnut end table. Solid walnut round tapered legs, floating top with lower shelf. Measures: 27" x 21" x 24" high.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Large Walnut 2-Pc Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in West Hartford, CT
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern two piece walnut executive desk designed by Jens Risom. The desk features gorgeous walnut wood grain and sleek Minimalist design. It offers exceptio...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom T 390 Coffee Table with Magazine Holder
By Jens Risom
Located in Highland, IN
This uncommon model T 390 walnut coffee table by Jens Risom has a beautiful soft boat shape to the top which appears to float above the base and has an opening to accommodate books o...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Rectangular Side Table with Walnut Base and White Laminate Top
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
This rectangular side table by Jens Risom has a walnut base and a white laminate surface. The legs are cleverly inset, giving the top a floating quality and an overall jauntiness to ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

Mid-Century Danish Modern Jens Risom Walnut End/Side Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Wilmington, DE
Jens Risom Mid-Century Danish modern walnut bench end/side table Offered is a midcentury Danish modern walnut end table by Jens Risom. It is in good condition with some age wear (...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Nightstand or Side Table in Walnut by Jens Risom
By Gio Ponti, Finn Juhl, Ico Parisi, Jens Risom
Located in Framingham, MA
Striking walnut nightstand by Jens Risom, 1960s. This is a great design, with exoskeleton legs and sharp lines. It has been refinished but still has some very minor wear. Beautiful w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Side Table by Jens Risom for Risom Inc. US, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
Side table by Jens Risom for Risom Inc. US, 1950s. This Table is made out of Walnut and carries a tray for books or magazines.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Collaged Mid-Century Modern L-Shaped Black Lacquered Desk by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern L-shaped designed desk by Danish-American furniture designer Jens Risom. Teak wood with an under right side connected extension. Customized by French artist Fabie...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Teak, Resin, Lacquer

Square Slate Top Walnut Base Coffee Table by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern square slate top oiled walnut base coffee table by Jens Risom. Exceptional quality exceptional original condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Slate

Jens Risom Walnut Gate Leg Dining Table with Extensions Boards
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern light walnut boat shape dining table with two 18" self storing extension boards leafs by Jens Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Large Jens Risom Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Large vintage Jens Risom solid walnut desk. Has a single pull-out drawer. Desk has a glass top. Great for an office or home.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Glass, Walnut

T390 Low Table with Magazine Rack in Walnut by Jens Risom
By BENCHMARK, Jens Risom
Located in London, GB
The T390 low table is one of Jens Risom’s most recognisable pieces from the 1950s, with his hallmark of a ‘floating top’ and the distinctive feature of a magazine rack at one end. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

T539 Magazine Table in Oak by Jens Risom
By BENCHMARK, Jens Risom
Located in London, GB
The T539 magazine table is an iconic Risom piece and appeared in the first Jens Risom Design catalogue in 1949, under the slogan ‘furniture with a signature’. Designed by the leg...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Oak

Jens Risom Side Tables for Knoll
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom design pair of black lacquered side tables with black laminate tops for Knoll. In good used condition with one small repaired chip seen in picture 4.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Laminate, Maple

Beautiful Danish Modern Walnut Dining Table by Jens Risom, circa 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Beautiful Danish modern walnut dining table by Jens Risom, circa 1960s Measures: Approximately 60" diameter x 29" high Absolutely stunning! This is one of our finest tables....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Round Dining Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Round walnut dining table by Jens Risom for Risom Design, USA, circa 1960s. The table features a round walnut top supported by walnut legs with adjustable aluminum levelers. Retains ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Aluminum

Jens Risom Nesting Tables
By Jens Risom
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of three walnut nesting tables with green vinyl tops. Designed by Jens Risom.
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1960s Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom End / Side Tables
By Jens Risom
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Jens Risom end / side tables. Surface floats on sculptural frame. Hidden drawer with dovetailing detail.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

Sculptural Jens Risom Walnut Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Jens Risom coffee table for Risom Design Inc. (circa late 1940s-early 1950s). Composed of a 'floating' laminate top supported by a sculpted walnut base. Walnut has been refin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Occasional Side Table, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish solid walnut and glass two-tier occasional side table By Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design, Inc. USA, 1950s Measures: 31.75" W x 32" D x 23.13" H. Exce...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Modern Oak & Polished Aluminium Dining Table with Shamrock Legs by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A particularly striking dining table designed by Jens Risom, it is notable for its very fine metal work throughout. No expense was spared in the quality of material and finishing wor...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Aluminum, Aluminum

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Executive Desk, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern walnut executive desk designed by Jens Risom. The desk features gorgeous walnut wood grain and sleek Minimalist design. It offers good storage with ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Coffee Table, Mid century modern
By Jens Risom
Located in Wallkill, NY
Great sleek lines on this Jens Risom walnut table. In stunning condition. For your home, a nice coffee table, or end table A wonderful addition to your Mid Century Modern Home. Be su...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Desk with a Side Extension by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Miami, FL
Midcentury American L-shaped designed desk by Jens Risom, teak wood with a under right side connected extension. Finished back. Sculpted handles. Great condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Teak

Jens Risom Walnut and Laminate Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Versatile square coffee or cocktail table by Jens Risom, with straight, turned walnut legs, squared stretchers and a floating white laminate top.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Dining Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This wonderful vintage modern dining table by Jens Risom Design features a uniquely top that comes with two additional leaves. A well made piece in walnut that easily caters to many ...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Jens Risom for Knoll "Cloud" Coffee Table in Maple
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A great organic form coffee table designed by Jens Risom and produced by Knoll. Unmarked. Four available.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Maple

Jens Risom Occasional Lamp Coffee Side End Table Oiled Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern oiled walnut side table by Jens Risom. Tapered solid walnut legs construction. Oiled walnut finish.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Square Table by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Square table designed by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. This example shows cosmetic wear to the finish, as shown. No structural damage, chips, cracks etc.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Stylish Mid-Century Modern Walnut End Table by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This stylish vintage modern Jens Risom end table features a 2-tier design-second level is slatted for holding magazines etc. Solid walnut table with elegant wood grain and tapered le...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Wedge Top Magazine Tables by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
A pair of wedge form magazine tables in walnut, model no. T-539, by Jens Risom. American, circa 1950.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Tables

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Walnut