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Risom Lounge Chair

About the Design

Debuting in 1943, the Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary furniture manufacturer Knoll. It was the work of Jens Risom (1916–2016), who had only just moved from his native Denmark to the United States in 1939.

Risom was by then a graduate of business school and had studied under Danish architect and designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In New York City, he found work as an interior designer before embarking on a freelance career as a furniture maker and textile designer when he met Hans Knoll, who was mere months into his venture and needed inventory. In the first Knoll catalogue, 15 of the 25 pieces listed were Risom designs, and the Risom lounge chair would follow a year later.

Owing to the rationing of materials during World War II, Risom turned to surplus parachute straps for use in the construction of his chair, binding the woven straps to a curving birchwood frame. The design was immediately popular for office interiors and is recognized as pivotal to the introduction of understated Danish modernism to the States. Today, Knoll continues to manufacture the simple but strong Risom lounge chair, and it is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by Jen's Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of 6 dining chairs by Jen's Risom. These are the playboy chairs as they were featured in a article on modern furniture in the magazine. 2 arm and 4 side chairs in walnut...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair Jens Risom lounge chairs Knoll Studios The Risom lounge chair was designed in 1943 and was one of the first pieces commissioned by Knoll. it brought the natural materials...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge C...

Materials

Cotton

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut "Floating" Lounge Chairs in Olive Velvet
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These exceptional Jens Risom lounge chairs are rare, early examples and are supported by walnut bases. They are relatively small in scale, though the seat was designed to be wide and...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany
By Knoll, Walter Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Munster, NRW
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll - Easychair Vostra, 1941 Design from 1941 - model of the 50s, beech frame. This Easychair comes from the private property of an art dealer in Cologne,...
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Vintage 1940s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech

Mid-Century Modern Scoop Leather Lounge Chair by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, scoop, lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll features a minimal, black lacquered maple frame with a floating scoop seat newly upholstered in mustard yellow, textur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Maple

Jens Risom Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll, circa late 1940s. This 1943 design was Risom's first design for Knoll, where he had been brought on as design director. Because of the scarcity ...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Wood, Maple

Jens Risom Webbed Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom reintroduced webbed lounge chair. This chair is about 20 years old. Black webbing and black wood frame. Overall a pretty clean example of a Classic Early Risom for Knoll D...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cotton, Maple

10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Knoll Studio classic, Jens Risom's designs were the first pieces manufactured by Knoll. Due to war-time restrictions on materials, this style chair was originally constructed of si...
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Vintage 1940s American Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

U431 Armless Chair in American Walnut by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, BENCHMARK
Located in London, GB
The U431 armless chair was first introduced in 1955 by Jens Risom Inc. Designed by the legendary Danish-born American designer, it is a timeless piece that works well in both residen...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to honor traditi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to h...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Scoop Chairs for Hans Knoll
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Jens Risom Scoop chairs for Hans Knoll A pair of very early Knoll post war design scoop chairs by Jens Risom. Each has been completely restored in a luxurious Sandra Jordan ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Alpaca

Jens Risom Pair of Red Vinyl Faux Leather Chairs 1950
By Jens Risom
Located in Vienna, AT
Jens Risom pair of red vinyl faux leather chairs, 1950. Excellent original condition with little wear to the vinyl. Priced as a pair.     
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll International
By Jens Risom
Located in Munich, DE
Jens Risom lounge chair for Knoll International. Webbing redone. model no. 652. LOCATED IN HAMBURG
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood