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Jens Risom Furniture

Danish, 1916-2016
Danish, 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, 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 1stDibs, Jens Risom is one of the great men of American modern design who made furniture that is unique and timeless.

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Creator:Jens Risom
Pair of Jens Risom for Pucci Stools
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of walnut stools designed by Jens Risom for Ralph Pucci. Originally designed for Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, CT. Signed to underside : [ Jens Risom ] with appl...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Wood

Jens Risom Chairs for Knoll Associates, N.Y.
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom design side chairs for Knoll Associates, N.Y. Early modern design and the first designer to work with Knoll, labeled. All in good usable original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Maple

10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
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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1940s American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Set of Three Jens Risom for Knoll Webbed Wood Side Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Set of three blueberry nylon webbed chairs with maple frames designed by Jens Risom for Knoll.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Nylon, Wood

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 Furniture

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Laminate, Walnut

Classic Slipper Chairs by Jens Risom in Mohair, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of slipper chairs designed by Jens Risom, circa 1950s. Fully restored down to its frame, fitted with hand-cut high-density foam and spring system. Newly upholstered in charc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Side Chair for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton strapping. A classic midcen...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Maple

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 Furniture

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Knoll Jens Risom chairs. Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Maple

Very Early and Rare Jens Risom for Knoll Two Piece Settee with New Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1948 two piece settee or pair of one arm chairs designed by Jens Risom for Knoll. These are extremely solid and comfortable pieces, well-built with hand-tied springs, tufted se...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Jens Risom Walnut & Brass Three-Piece Modular Media Cabinet Commode Credenza
By Jens Risom, Broyhill Brasilia, George Nelson
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This 3-piece set was delicately restored to preserve the original dark patina and we are beyond elated with the end results. We love this line and have never had them in our clutches...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Brass

Jens Risom Walnut Side or End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Highland, IN
A beautiful design by Jens Risom executed in solid walnut, this early model 433 table has wonderful lines, a lower shelf, and a top with a deeply beveled edge.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Letter Tray, circa 1960
By Jens Risom
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Jens Risom walnut letter / paper tray. circa 1960.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Vintage Classic Armless Chairs by Jens Risom, 1950's
By Jens Risom
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of classic slipper or armless chairs by Jens Risom-original, vintage 1950's production. Walnut frames have a beautiful patina, newly reupholstered in beige velvet. These chair...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Formica, Walnut

20th Century American Small Two Seater Sofa, Walnut Settee by Jens Risom Design
By Jens Risom
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small, vintage Mid-Century Modern American two seater sofa or settee with four pillows, designed and produced by Jens Risom Design, Model U-151, in good condition. The seat, back r...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom for Knoll Black Lacquered Dining or Game Table, Newly Refinished
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish black lacquered walnut Mid-Century Modern dining or game table By Jens Risom for Knoll USA, 20th century Measures: 57" W x 34" D x 28.5" H. Knee clearanc...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Lacquer

Petite Bench by Jens Risom in Mohair and Walnut, 1960's
By Adrian Pearsall, Jens Risom
Located in Framingham, MA
Scarce petite bench by Jens Risom in a light mauve mohair and walnut frame. 1960's The cushion is easily removable and can be easily reupholstered if you wish. Measures: 24" wide x...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Jens Risom for Knoll Black Lacquered Dining or Game Table, Newly Refinished
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish black lacquered walnut Mid-Century Modern dining or game table By Jens Risom for Knoll, USA, 20th Century Measures: 57" W x 34" D x 28.5" H. Knee clearan...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Lacquer

Pair of Jens Risom Webbed Lounge Chairs, Risom / Knoll, Classic Modernist
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair of Jens Risom Webbed lounge chairs, Risom / Knoll, Classic Modernist, Jens Risom reintroduced webbed lounge chair. Originally designed in the late 1940s. These chairs are about ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Ebonized Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, ca. 1965
By Jens Risom
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of ebonized lounge chairs by Jens Risom, ca. 1965. Newly refinished and reupholstered in beautiful easy care oyster colored tweed, these Classic chairs are very comfortable with...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Birch

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 Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple, classic, and honest design made this lounge or easy chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and cotton strapping. First designed in 19...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Maple

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 Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Bachelors Chests by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of three-drawer dressers, designed by Jens Risom for Risom Furniture. Hard to find form, not usually found in pairs. Both shown wear to finish and would benefit from refini...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
By Jens Risom, Fredericia
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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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany
By Jens Risom, Walter Knoll, Knoll
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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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Beech

Jens Risom Dining Chairs, Set of Four, Two Arm and Two Side Chairs, Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of four dining chairs designed by and made by Jens Risom. Beautiful solid walnut frames. The original upholstery needs updating and the foam is petrified. These are priced expect...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, 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 Furniture

Materials

Wood

Early Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll Associates
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Denver, CO
A handsomely understated early lounge chair with subtly contrasting curves designed by Jens Risom for Knoll Associates in two-toned black and light beige upholstery within a black la...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Jens Risom Walnut Magazine Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original model T.539 walnut side table, designed by Jens Risom in 1949. Fantastic angular profile is sleek and modern. Wedge-shaped top exhibits beautiful walnut wood grain. Function...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Cabinet Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Two-door Mid-Century Modern cabinet by Jens Risom. Classic style of Risom where case appears to be floating on base. Nickeled hardware, finished back, Divided in centre with two adju...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Classic Slipper Chairs by Jens Risom in Bouclé, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of slipper chairs designed by Jens Risom, circa 1950s. Fully restored down to its frame, fitted with hand-cut high-density foam and spring system. Newly upholstered in off-...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

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 Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Danish Jens Risom attributed Mid-Century Modern armchairs with new wool felt upholstery, circa 1960s . Button tufted. Tapered legs with minor loses and fading to wood. Good original ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Wool

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Sideboard Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut sideboard credenza This credenza measures: 56.5 wide x 21 deep x 27.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

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 Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Jens Risom A-chair – Metal Base
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Jens Risom A-chair – Metal Base Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-Chair is a graceful expression of an elegant, upholstered chair in a timeless design, boasting an A-fr...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

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 Furniture

Materials

Laminate, Maple

Pair Red Jens Risom Designed Lounge Chairs for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a set of circa 1990s Jens Risom designed lounge chairs for Knoll. First designed in 1943, and one of the first pieces commissioned by Knoll. Clear Maple frame, with...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Maple

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 Furniture

Materials

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 Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Walnut Bench by Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice mid-century modern bench by Jens Risom
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Small One Double Door Compartment Credenza Cabinet Adjustable Shelves
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern oiled walnut double door credenza by Jens Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Jens Risom Danish Modern Armchair Model C-170
By Jens Risom
Located in Round Rock, TX
A solid walnut armchair designed by Jens Risom. Architectural in design, with clean lines and sculpted armrests. Would function well as a desk chair or side chair. Offered in...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Rare Vintage Signed Jens Risom Settee in Walnut & Wool, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare and early two seater sofa or settee by Jens Risom for Risom Manufacturing Corp. in walnut & original nubby wool upholstery with hand-stitching. Completely original vintage con...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Other

Pair of New Navy Blue Wool Upholstery Lounge Slipper Chairs
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Classic Jens Risom lounge chairs in navy blue wool upholstery. Gorgeous oiled walnut frames.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Wool, Walnut

Stunning Black Button Tufted Leather Swivel Chairs, Jens Risom for Marble, Pair
By Jens Risom, Marble Imperial
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning pair of black button tufted leather swivel chairs by Jens Risom for marble, Classic Mid-Century Modern design, self balancing swivel mechanism bringing chairs back to positi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Jens Risom Teak Wood Arm Chair In Black Striped Chenille
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Danish Modern style teak wood arm chair in black striped chenille upholstery. Single Danish teak wood arm chair has a thick sloping seat and a form fitting back cushion. Angular and ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Teak

Walnut Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom in Bouclé, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom lounge chairs expertly restored walnut frames and reupholstered natural bouclé. This ergonomically focused design places you in a balanced position upon...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut lounge chairs - Sold with upholstery of your choice from over 1000 in stock fabrics Each lounge chair measures: 27 wide x 26 deep x 30 tall, with a s...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Two Restored Jens Risom Side Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of vintage side armchairs set. New upholstery in gray microfiber Tufted back detail Wood frame and legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dining or Game Table, Refinished
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish walnut Mid-Century Modern dining or game table By Jens Risom for Knoll USA, 20th century Measures: 57"W x 34"D x 28.75"H. Knee clearance: 23.25"H. New...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut L Shaped Corner Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, 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 Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Big Chair and Ottoman by Ralph Pucci
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom design "Big Chair" and ottoman reissue by Ralph Pucci International. Large and impressive lounge chair with an equally oversized ottoman or poof. Signature triangular form...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Tambour-Door Credenza by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern tambour-door credenza by Jens Risom.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Open-Arm Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom Open-Arm bench, Solid maple frame reupholstered with cotton fabric. Frame is original with natural patina and age with use, presents well.  
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Birch

Jens Risom furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Jens Risom furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Jens Risom collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 227 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 8 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Jens Risom's original furniture was created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider furniture by Florence Knoll, Harvey Probber and Eero Saarinen if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Jens Risom furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $250 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,433.

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