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Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs in Ivory Shearling, circa 1950s

$12,400per set

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Iconic Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom lounge chairs expertly reupholstered in soft ivory shearling with professionally refinished walnut frames. An exemplar of Mid-Century Modern design, Risom was one of the first designers to introduce Scandinavian design in the United States. Incredible ergonomic design makes these Jens Risom chairs true "Lounge" chairs. It's all about the angles. You'll be quite surprised how upon sitting, the chair seems to place you in a weight balanced state that relieves lower back and hip pressure. The angled design of the seat back more closely supports the lower back and invites you to lean back to distribute weight evenly. Wide padded seats are roomy and also angled to encourage weight distribution and relieve hip pressure. Angled walnut arms take the weight off the elbows. Our shop was so taken with this design, we sourced a set for our own personal collection. Classic Mid-Century Modern design delivers panache and cozy comfort. Want to see more beautiful things? Scroll down below and click "View All From Seller" or favorite our shop to get your 1stDibs on our new inventory.

Details

  • Creator
    Jens Risom (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs are in great condition having been professionally refinished and reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Saint Louis, MO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4235122157022

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    Ships From: St. Louis, MO
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About the Designer

Jens Risom

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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