Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 9

Vintage American Midcentury Jens Risom Walnut Office Bureau, Sideboard Credenza



A very solid and well-built vintage walnut office Bureau by Danish American designer Jens Risom for JRD that could also be used as a sideboard or credenza. Born in Copenhagen in 1916 Risom stands out as an exemplar of the Mid-Century Modern design movement and was one of the first designers to introduce Scandinavian design to the American marketplace. Having moved to New York from Denmark in 1939 Risom was pivotal in the creation of Knoll Inc. by partnering with Hans Knoll in its forerunner, the Hans G. Knoll Furniture Company, in 1942. Together they created many design classics and eventually Risom started his own company, Jens Risom Designs (JRD) in 1946. Risom continued to produce designs for the home furnishing market and then shifted the focus in the late 1950s towards office, hospital and library furniture. The company expanded rapidly and secured numerous prestigious contracts, not least at the White House where Lyndon B. Johnson chose the JRD C140 chair for the Oval Office. This office bureau is very typical of his design ethos and features simple, solid lines. However, what looks simple in the case of Risom is rarely the case as it’s always accentuated by the small design details that make the difference – in this bureau it is the shadow gap lines that run along the underside and sides of the main top which, in turn, then follow through into the recesses down the front of the cabinet. The latter act as finger pull gaps to allow the draws to be opened without cluttering the surface with handles. Like many midcentury American furniture pieces it’s made in Walnut and remains in good Vintage condition with signs of use commensurate with age. The bureau features two large fully extending filing draws to the right with two smaller pullout / pull-out draws above, and a hinged cabinet door to the left. All are in good working order and whilst the intended use is for the office it could of course be used in the home as a lounge room sideboard or a dining room credenza. It is labelled by the designer to the inside of the right top draw.


  • Creator
    Jens Risom (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.75 in. (73 cm)Width: 64.18 in. (163 cm)Depth: 20.48 in. (52 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Highclere, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4278221334412

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Highclere, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

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
No Reviews Yet
Located in Highclere, United Kingdom
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2009
1stDibs seller since 2018
7 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Jens Risom Midcentury Office Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Plymouth, MA
Nice walnut midcentury office / dining credenza by designer Jens Risom in excellent condition. Label is inside drawer. Piece has multiple drawers of various sizes including a file dr...

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas



Jens Risom Midcentury Walnut Tambour Door Stereo Console Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom midcentury walnut tambour door stereo console credenza Credenza measures: 54.25 wide x 21.5 deep x 31.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restore...

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas



Jens Risom Dresser Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Nice large example, newly professionally refinished, clean ready to use condition. Two cabinets attach to the base, one cabinet has four drawers, the other four drawers and a swing ...

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers



Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Credenza, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional solid walnut credenza designed by Jens Risom, circa 1960s. The credenza features gorgeous walnut wood grain and handsome sculpted ebonized drawer pulls. It offers ampl...

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas



Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Cabinet Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Two-door Mid-Century Modern cabinet by Jens Risom. Classic style of Risom where case appears to be floating on base. Nickeled hardware, finished back, Divided in centre with two adju...

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas



Sideboard in Walnut and Slate by Jens Risom with Excellent Patina
By Florence Knoll, Lovig Dansk, Jens Risom
Located in Framingham, MA
Jens Risom walnut sideboard, early 1960s. I assume this was used in a church - there aren't any major scratches or damage on the wood - just oils and such that have built up over the...

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards


Stone, Slate

Custom Bar Cabinet / Credenza in the Style of Midcentury Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A two-piece custom bar cabinet with pull down door revealing a light up space in white laminate for glasses and bottles having the original key for the lock. The upper cabinet has tw...

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars



Midcentury American Pickled Oak Sideboard Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury American pickled oak sideboard cabinet with 2 pair of doors having a geometric "asian" design over mirror with chrome door knobs.

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery