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Jens Risom Sofa with Built in Storage Table

$2,800

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Jens Risom sofa, circa 1955, floating on a walnut frame, with a built in cantilevered storage table with magazine rack and cubbyhole to rear, and storage compartment to front. Please note: This sofa is being offered in "as found" condition, needing re-upholstery.

Details

  • Creator
    Jens Risom (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 78 in. (198.12 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Fabric,Laminate,Walnut
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1955
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Sofa is being offered in "as found" condition, needing re-upholstery. Walnut from recently oiled, and in very good condition.
  • Seller Location
    Providence, RI
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU943015726421

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    Ships From: Providence, RI
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Jens Risom

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.
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