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Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany



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, Germany. The wickerwork was once renewed true to the original. The chair is clean and cleaned, ready to use. The designs by Jens Risom were the first pieces conceived for Knoll and manufactured by Knoll. (first for Walter Knoll and Vostra in Germany, from 1943 for Knoll, USA). Due to wartime material restrictions, the Lounge Chair was originally built from simple beech wood frames and discarded parachute harnesses.... Described as good, honest furniture design, the collection helped establish Knoll as an early source of modern design in America. Jens Risom - The first true Knoll designer, Jens Risom joined the fledgling Hans Knoll Furniture Company in the early 1940s as the sole designer of interiors and furniture. Born in Denmark to the well-known architect Sven Risom, Jens Risom worked in Stockholm for a year before graduating from the renowned Kundstandvaerkerskolen in Copenhagen.


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Risom Lounge Chair

Designed by Jens Risom
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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