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Vintage American Midcentury Jens Risom Walnut Office Bureau, Sideboard Credenza

$1,977.42

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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.

Details

  • 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
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Highclere, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4278221334412

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    Ships From: Highclere, United Kingdom
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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.

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