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Pair of 'Vostra' Chairs with Ottoman by Jens Risom

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Jens Risom for Vostra/Walter Knoll, Pair of 'Vostra' chairs with ottoman, birch and canvas, United States, design 1941, production 1950s. Elegant and simplistic slipper chairs with pouf that feature a beautiful curved seat. This line is truly elegant and is emphasized by the straight, tapered legs. The seat is upholstered in woven canvas in a coral color. straps. These Vostra chairs, model No. 654 are designed by 1941 by Jens Risom and manufactured by Vostra/Walter Knoll. Vostra chair, model No. 654 W, designed in 1941/42 by Jens Risom for Knoll International. This edition is upholstered with woven cognac leather straps.

Details

  • Dimensions
    H 29.93 in. x W 20.08 in. x D 27.56 in.H 76 cm x W 51 cm x D 70 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    45012510
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Reference Number
    LU933116711691
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About Jens Risom (Designer)

The Danish-born Jens Risom brought the Scandinavian 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 Borge 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. A Risom chair is 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 from these pages, Jens Risom is one of the great men of American modern design, who made furniture that is unique and timeless. Read more about Jens Risom in Introspective magazine.

About the Seller

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Established in 2007, this seller has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the f...

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