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Chair and Sofa by Jens Risom, 1950s

$8,500per set

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A rare set of Jens Risom upholstered furniture pieces, circa 1940-1950s. It seems to be a difficult model to come across upon our research we did not see any information in the Jens Risom book by Phaidon. This set would look stunning with new upholstery and would fit in any Mid-Century Modern home or interior. This Classic design would work well with antiques and other decorative interiors. A timeless design for the collector. The sofa and chair are structurally sound with age-appropriate wear. New upholstery is necessary. Walnut wood appears to be in good condition. Labeled "Jens Risom" underside, as shown in images. From the DeDeCe blog: "Risom’s furniture from the 1950s and 1960s is very down to earth and functional, but still has enormous elegance. It is a fusion of the Craft tradition he learned in Denmark with American modernism and the hi-tech of American production methods. It is significant that he always wants to be known as a Danish-born American designer, not a Danish designer." Sofa dimensions: 32.75" H x 84.5" W x 32" D Seat Height: 17" Chair dimesions: 32.75" H x 28.5" W x 16" D Seat Height: 16".

Details

  • Creator
    Jens Risom (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.75 in. (83.19 cm)Width: 84.5 in. (214.63 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Needs new upholstery.
  • Seller Location
    Hamburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 92081stDibs: LU926929077282

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    Ships From: Hamburg, PA
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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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