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Jens Risom Desks and Writing Tables

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 Mid Century 5 Drawer Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, 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 condit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Jens Risom Solid Wood Desk, Denmark, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Utrecht, NL
Jens Risom: wood 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 gl...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Jens Risom Design Entryway Desk or Small Dining Table Walnut & Formica 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in National City, CA
Desk By modernist designer Jens Risom of Denmark: Scandinavian floating walnut writing table entryway desk Midcentury period 1950s Wonderful compact size ideal for narrow dining tabl...
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Formica, Walnut

Modern Oak & Polished Aluminum Dining Table with Shamrock Legs by Jens Risom
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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 Desks and Writing Tables

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Handsome Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jens Risom Desk Table Mid-Century Modern
By Jens Risom
Located in Pemberton, NJ
If you are looking for an icon of Mid-Century Modern – Scandinavian Modern design, look no further. And if you are wanting a beautiful and functional desk for your home or office, lo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks and Writing Tables

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Jens Risom Desk Produced by Gutenberghus in Denmark
By Jens Risom
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare large executive desk designed by Jens Risom. Produced by Gutenberghus in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Steel

Customized Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Desk by the Artist Fabien Rocca
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 Desks and Writing Tables

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Lacquer, Teak, Resin

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 Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Walnut

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Dunbar Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
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Located in Countryside, IL
Dunbar mid century walnut executive desk. Desk measures: 84.25 wide x 40.25 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. T...
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Alma Castilian Line Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
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Located in Countryside, IL
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Standard Furniture Style Mid Century Chevron Shaped Walnut Executive Desk
By The Standard Furniture Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Standard Furniture Style Mid Century Chevron shaped walnut executive desk This desk measures: 78 wide x 42 deep x 30 high, with a chair clearance of 27.5 inches All pieces of f...
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Dunbar Contract Division Mid Century Executive Desk
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
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Bruksbo Mid Century Danish Rosewood Executive Desk
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Located in Countryside, IL
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Arne Vodder Style Mid Century Teak Executive Desk
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Jens Risom desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has Jens Risom desks and writing tables available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Jens Risom desks and writing tables there are many options to choose from, 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 the original Jens Risom desks and writing tables were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Drexel, Milo Baughman and Florence Knoll. Prices for Jens Risom writing tables and desks can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,400 and tops out at $10,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,950 on average.

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