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Jens Risom Furniture

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
Red Three-Seat Sofa with Walnut Frame by Jens Risom, Expertly Restored
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beautiful freshly restored and reupholstered Jens Risom sofa for Risom Designs. Completely restored and reupholstered. The arm curves down from the back and angles slightly upward fr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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 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

Materials

Laminate, Walnut

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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1940s American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
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

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut stool This stool is 16 wide x 19 deep x 37.25 inches high, with a seat height of 27 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Six Jens Risom Side/Dining Room Chairs Model 666 for Walter Knoll 1950s
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Almelo, NL
Pair of six Jens Risom side / dining room chairs model 666 for Walter Knoll. Model in solid oak and braided polyvinyl strips. These chairs are in original and untouched condition, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom Danish Mid-Century Fall-Front Walnut Bedside Table / Commode
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Danish mid-century walnut bedside table / commode with a bottom cabinet with a fall-front drawer and brass drawer pull with an open compartment above with four dowel legs. (JENS RISOM).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair U-430 for Risom Inc., USA, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
Jens Risom lounge chair U-430 for Risom Inc., USA 1950s Upholstered in new Kvadrat Fabric.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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

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 Walnut Credenza, Mid-Century Modern
By Jens Risom
Located in Buffalo, NY
Jens Risom Walnut Credenza featuring 3 drawer (R) and adjustable shelf,(L),Sleek simple design,Great size..proportion.Retain original stainless steel foot glides.;levelers.Lacquered ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Metal, Stainless Steel

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

Materials

Formica, 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 Walnut Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut chair The chair measures: 18.5 wide x 20.25 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 17.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call ...
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1970s 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

Jens Risom Walnut Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom Walnut Coffee Table; model 4010 designed 1961 revolving top with locking mechanism, solid walnut tapered legs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Jens Risom 3 Drawer Chest of Drawers, Walnut and Brass
By Jens Risom
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A beautiful and well made 3-drawer chest of drawers in walnut accented with brass hardware designed by Jens Risom. Designer: Jens Risom Style: Mid-Century Modern / Scandinavian...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Brass

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stools, a Pair
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut stools - a pair Each stool measures: 20 wide x 16 deep x 16.5 high, with a seat height of 16.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what w...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquered Game Table, Newly Refinished
By Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern black lacquered walnut game table or center table By Jens Risom USA, circa 1960s Measures: 36" W x 36" D x 26" H. Newly refinished....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Lacquer

Jens Risom Card Catalog in Quarter Sawn Oak+Brass, Mid-Century Modern Cabinet
By Jens Risom
Located in Decatur, GA
Rare Mid-Century Modern library card catalog in quarter sawn oak and solid brass by Jens Risom. Unique on the market - truly a collectors piece. 60 drawers, each one embossed with th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Beech

Mid Century Wall Mounted Media Record Audio Cabinet by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, Knoll, Harvey Probber, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Framingham, MA
Excellent custom wall mounted media cabinet by Jens Risom; 1950's. In clean original condition - the oiled walnut book matched grain doors and drawer fronts carriy years of patina th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

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

Jens Risom for Knoll Black Lacquered Dining or Game Table, Newly Refinished
By Jens Risom, Knoll
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 clearance: 23....
Category

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

Materials

Walnut, Lacquer

Set of Twelve Upholstered Oak Dining Side Chairs by Jens Risom, USA, 1960's
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
A set of twelve side chairs in oak and upholstery by Jens Risom.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Jens Risom U431 Armless Chair in European Oak
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 Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Oak

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

Jens Risom Large Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare lounge chair designed by Jens Risom for Risom Designs, Inc. Beautifully restored with refinished walnut base and upholstered in Holly Hunt / Vladimir: Silver Fog.
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1960s Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Walnut Armchairs by Jens Risom, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of armchairs designed by Jens Risom, circa 1950s. The beautiful walnut frames have been completely restored, matching their original natural organic finish. Reupholstered in li...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Twill, Walnut

Pair of Early Jens Risom Chairs for His Own Company
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of dining or side chairs in birch with compass-shaped legs designed by Jens Risom and produced by his fledgling eponymous company in 1947. Part of an innovative design seri...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Birch

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

Mid-Century Modern Large Executive Desk & Credenza by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Large Executive walnut desk & credenza by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. in Walnut with a Vinyl Top, c. 1960s Wonderful Mid-Century Modern walnut credenza by legendary Dani...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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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

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

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Mid Century Accent Side Chair by Jens Risom for Marble Furniture
By Jens Risom, B.L. Marble Furniture, Dunbar Furniture, B.L. Marble Chair Co., Milo Baughman
Located in Framingham, MA
Lovely all original side chair by Jens Risom for Marble Furniture Company. Nice patina to the walnut. Very nice use of dowels to hide screws. The channeled olive green vinyl is in ni...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

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

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

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

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

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 Danish Modern Walnut Armchairs in Yellow Ochre
By Jens Risom
Located in Round Rock, TX
Offered is an amazing pair of armchairs designed by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Inc. Beautiful and substantial walnut frames support the well proportioned seats which retain their o...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

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

Rare Pair of Risom for Knoll 666 Chairs
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Early and hard to find design by Jens Risom for Knoll, model 666 chairs having birch frames and cloth webbing seats. These chairs are in original and untouched condition, both show l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Birch

Jens Risom Chairs for Knoll Associates 1954
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom chairs for Knoll Associates 1954, Model 666WSP Original black paint and webbing with nail tacks. Decal underside {Knoll Associates Inc.].
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Hardwood

Jens Risom 65 Sofa – 3 Seater – Metal Base
By Jens Risom, Fredericia
Located in Berkeley, CA
Risom 65 sofa – 3 seater – 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 a...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Dining Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut dining table This table measures: 48.5 wide x 48.5 deep x 28 inches high, with chair clearance of 26 inches ?All pieces of furniture can be had in...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Walnut

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 Early Walnut Credenza with Four Doors, Brass Pulls & Legs Mid Century
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an early Jens Risom solid walnut credenza that has four doors each revealing a space with one shelf. Brass pulls and brass cylinder legs make this credenza special.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Brass

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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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Alpaca

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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

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

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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 Furniture

Materials

Maple

Jens Risom U150 Mid Century Danish Modern Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Mid 20th Century Danish Modern floating three seat sofa by Jens Risom, his U150 model. Features a walnut frame, high back with a button tufted row, a neutral tweed like fabric and ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Jens Risom Armless Sofa
By Jens Risom
Located in Dallas, TX
An early Jens Risom armless sofa with maple frame. Older restoration in Knoll boucle.
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1950s Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Maple

Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Oakville, CT
Set of four authentic Jens Risom side chairs in oak. In good shape all around, wear is commensurate with age. Fabric could do with a cleaning or reupholstering. Foam has not disinteg...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, Oak

Oak Cabinet by Jens Risom for Risom Inc. 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare and uncommon oak cabinet designed by Jens Risom in the early 50's for Risom Inc. This piece has been refinished and in overall wonderful condition. The exterior is oak with an...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

Materials

Oak, Poplar

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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