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Jens Risom Furniture

Jens Risom (Danish American, 1916–2016)
Jens Risom (Danish American, 1916–2016)

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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Jens Risom Walnut & Cane Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in New London, CT
Jens Risom designed a nice variety of desks over the years, but this may be one of the more rare survivors from the sixties. Professionally refinished in its original walnut finish w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Cane, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Plinth Based Credenza
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut plinth based credenza Credenza measures: 77.75 wide x 21 deep x 27.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintag...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dresser Server by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous walnut server or dresser. 5 drawers with a single door closer. Signed on back Jens Risom design. Has been refinished with teak oil and wax for protection. A few minor ring ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Copper

Jens Risom Model 6500 Magazine Table
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Jens Risom Model 6500 magazine table is designed in 1949, the magazine table reflects Risom’s idea that key to good design is comfort, the warmth of wood with a graceful style. Avail...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom A-chair – Metal Base
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Jens Risom A-chair – Metal Base Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-Chair is a graceful expression of an elegant, upholstered chair in a timeless design, boasting an A-fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom 65 Sofa – 2 Seater – Metal Base
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Risom 65 Sofa – 2 Seater – Metal Base Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1965, the Risom 65 Sofa boasts streamlined architectural lines in an elegant expression that’s clean and un...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom 65 Sofa – 3 Seater – Metal Base
By Fredericia, Jens Risom
Located in Berkeley, CA
Risom 65 sofa – 3 seater – metal base originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-chair is a graceful expression of an elegant, upholstered chair in a timeless design, boasting a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom Walnut Bookcase Shelving
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom walnut bookcase shelving Bookcase measures: 22.5 wide x 15 deep x 44 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That means the...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Scoop Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom scoop chair for Knoll. Has black lacquered legs with a linen-blend fabric. Mid Century Modern
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood, Upholstery

Jens Risom Mid Century Playboy Chairs, Set of 4
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century playboy chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 23 wide x 23 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in wh...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs in Ivory Shearling, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Iconic Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom lounge chairs expertly reupholstered in soft ivory shearling with professionally refinished walnut frames. An exemplar of Mid-Century Modern desi...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Hide, Walnut

Original Vintage Jens Risom Extension Dining Table with Six Chairs and Buffet
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Jens Risom Period is 1950s. Extension table Table is 56” x 38” W and it extends to 92” height 29" 2 armchairs, 4 side chairs, in original upholstery. Buffet Measures: L 60", D ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut "Floating" Lounge Chairs in Olive Velvet
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These exceptional Jens Risom lounge chairs are rare, early examples and are supported by walnut bases. They are relatively small in scale, though the seat was designed to be wide and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Velvet, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 3
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut dining chairs - Set of 3 Each chair measures: 18 wide x 20.5 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge Chair with Ottoman Model 654
By Walter Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll, pair of 'Vostra' chairs with ottoman, birch, pink canvas, brass, United States, design 1941, production 1950s Elegant lounge chairs with ottoman with be...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Canvas, Birch

Rare Pair of Jens Risom Upholstered and Walnut Armchairs Model #205
By Jens Risom
Located in Hudson, NY
Pair of Jens Risom armchairs. model #205 This is a really great unique style in that the height and construction is styled to be either a dining chair, a desk chair, or can be used ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Early Woven Leather Side Chairs Model No. 666 by Jens Risom for Knoll, 1940s
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Almelo, NL
Early woven leather side chairs model No. 666 by Jens Risom for Knoll from the 1940s. Structure in solid oak. Backrests and seating’s in leather brown braids. In good original condit...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Pair of Ebonized Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, ca. 1965
By Jens Risom
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of ebonized lounge chairs by Jens Risom, ca. 1965. Newly refinished and reupholstered in beautiful easy care oyster colored tweed, these Classic chairs are very comfortable with...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Birch

Jens Risom Solid Walnut Round Side Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom Solid Walnut Round Side Table. Seldom seen design, 3 tapered legs with a Walnut top that has a stepped down edge design. Retains Original Paper Label to underside. Surface...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Four Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, c. 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of four high-back lounge chairs designed by Jens Risom, featuring fully restored open-arm walnut frames, boasting clean, elegant lines from all angles. Newly upholstered in moh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Mohair

Jens Risom, Vostra Easy Lounge Chair, Design 1941 for Walter Knoll, Germany
By Jens Risom, Walter Knoll, Knoll
Located in Munster, NRW
Jens Risom for Walter Knoll - Easychair Vostra, 1941 Design from 1941 - model of the 50s, beech frame. This Easychair comes from the private property of an art dealer in Cologne,...
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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Beech

Mid-Century Modern Scoop Leather Lounge Chair by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, scoop, lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll features a minimal, black lacquered maple frame with a floating scoop seat newly upholstered in mustard yellow, textur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Maple

Jens Risom Desk with Edelman Leather Top
By Jens Risom
Located in Providence, RI
Oak desk designed by Jens Risom, circa 1954. Desk has been ebonized, and the top has been wrapped in Edelman leather. Drawers are constructed of solid oak. Top has a one inch tall ga...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Jens Risom Sofa with Built in Storage Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Providence, RI
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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Laminate, Walnut

Jens Risom Style Midcentury Walnut Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Style midcentury walnut coffee table Table measures: 36 wide x 18.75 deep x 13 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. This...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Round Lazy Susan Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century round lazy Susan coffee table. Coffee table measures: 42 wide x 42 deep x 16 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintag...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Jens Risom Mid Century Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century coffee table. Coffee table measures: 32 wide x 32 deep x 16 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Large Walnut 2-Pc Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in West Hartford, CT
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern two piece walnut executive desk designed by Jens Risom. The desk features gorgeous walnut wood grain and sleek Minimalist design. It offers exceptio...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
By Jens Risom
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom lounge and ottoman, rare chair and ottoman, solid cherrywood in 3original wood tones, reupholstered with Great Plains cotton-poly. Ottoman dimensions H 15.75" W 23" D 21"
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Cherry

New Upholstered Jens Risom Lounge Chair in Risom Camira Fabric US, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
New upholstered Jens Risom lounge chair in Risom Camira fabric US, 1950s Rare Risom chair in walnut and Risom fabric. All newly upholstered.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut executive desk. Desk measures: 62 wide x 34.75 deep x 28.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Chairs for Knoll Associates, N.Y.
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jens Risom design side chairs for Knoll Associates, N.Y. Early modern design and the first designer to work with Knoll, labeled. All in good usable original condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Maple

Jens Risom Walnut Conference Dining Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large, 8 ft, Mid-Century Modern, walnut, conference or dining table by Jens Risom features a curved, surf board top that tapers to 36 inches at each end with trestle base.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Midcentury Modern Desk by Jens Risom in Walnut
By Paul McCobb, Jens Risom, Florence Knoll, Finn Juhl
Located in Framingham, MA
Three drawer writing desk in walnut by Jens Risom. Rare, early asymmetrical design. Finished on all sides; book matched grain throughout. Retains original label, drawer divider and o...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Floating Sofa in Walnut with Original Tweed Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome three-seat sofa designed by Jens Risom for Risom Design in the 1950s. Clean, sharp lines with a decorative button-tufted back detail. Sofa is supported by a sculptural walnu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Stool
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut stool This stool is 16 wide x 19 deep x 37.25 inches high, with a seat height of 27 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

George Ciancimino for Risom Aluminum and Walnut Dining Table
By Jens Risom, George Ciancimino
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Designed in 1972 by George Ciancimino and distributed in the USA by Jens Risom, this rare and unique dining table makes us of Ciancimino's distinctive solid extruded aluminum cloverl...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Aluminum

Jens Risom for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquered Side Tables, Pair
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Mid-Century Modern style black lacquered side tables By Jens Risom for Knoll USA, 20th century Measures: 18" W x 18" D x 20" H. Good original vintage c...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

Jens Risom Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lounge chair by Jens Risom for Knoll, circa late 1940s. This 1943 design was Risom's first design for Knoll, where he had been brought on as design director. Because of the scarcity ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Wood, Maple

Jens Risom Rosewood Desk, Denmark, 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Utrecht, NL
Jens Risom, rosewood desk, manufactured by Risom Design, 1960s. This nicely shaped Jens Risom desk has a well sized desktop, two-drawer units with drawers and a pull out leaf with...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Rosewood

Jens Risom Sculptural Walnut Desk Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1960s Mid-Century Modern walnut desk chair designed by Jens Risom, lightly restored with distressed leather upholstery.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Modern Walnut & Chrome Boat Shape Dining Conference Table by Jens Risom for Howe
By Jens Risom
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous modern boat shaped dining table or conference table by Jens Risom for Howe Furniture. Comprised of walnut veneer and chrome cylinder legs. Gorgeous age and use appropriate c...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Chrome

Vintage Leather and Walnut Sofa by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage leather sofa designed by Jens Risom for Risom Design Inc. in United States, circa 1950s. An elegant sofa recently upholstered in Italian leather. It consists of a so...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut bench by Jens Risom for Risom Design, USA, circa 1950s.This example has been re-upholstered in gray Belgian bouclé with contrasting tufted leather buttons. The solid walnut ba...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Naugahyde Chairs by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, side chairs by Jens Risom feature walnut frames with caramel brown Naugahyde upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Floating Top Coffee Table Bench
By Jens Risom
Located in Baltimore, MD
Vintage midcentury 1960s modern walnut coffee table, long bench by Jens Risom. This beautiful Jens Risom table features walnut top gracefully suspended above tapered and flared legs....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Square Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Beautiful solid walnut table designed by Jens Risom for his own company. Distinctive leg design and floating top make this table an eyecatcher. Label not present but you can see wher...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Armchair
By Jens Risom
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Classic orange seat and solid walnut frame armchair by Danish American designer Jens Risom whose Mid-Century Modern furniture has been used to add style and color to homes and office...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom for Knoll Round Side Tables
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Norwalk, CT
Jens Risom’s furniture, the first collection designed for and manufactured by Knoll, helped establish the company as an early source of modern design in America. The simple wood side...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood

Jens Risom Side Table Originally Sold through DWR
By Jens Risom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom side table with a black leather stretched lower shelf. Table is just a few years old and out of Production. Overall in nice shape, top on very close examination shows fine...
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2010s Polish Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut and White Leather Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut and white leather executive desk Desk measures: 62 wide x 67.5 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vinta...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Leather

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Single Sided 2-Drawer Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century walnut single sided 2-drawer desk Desk measures: 62 wide x 28 deep x 28 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. Th...
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1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Low Armchair, Model U-430, in Walnut by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Boston, MA
This elegant armchair, model U-430, by Jens Risom features a walnut frame with a low profile. Originally "designed for quick change" with a concealed snap-fastened back cushion, it h...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Early Jens Risom Low Profile Walnut Coffee Table, circa 1948
By Jens Risom
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Danish modern design is predominantly known for two features - sculptural design and quality construction meant to last and last. And this early Jens Risom table is no exception. Des...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Compact Writing Desk, Floating Dining Table Walnut & Formica, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in National City, CA
By modernist designer Jens Risom of Denmark: Scandinavian floating walnut writing table entry desk Midcentury period 1950s Wonderful compact size ideal for narrow dining table optio...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Formica, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Bronze Occasional Chairs, Pair
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom Mid Century bronze occasional chairs - pair Each chair measures: 21.75 wide x 21 deep x 32 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 24 inches Each piece of...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Boat Shaped Walnut Dining Table with 2 Leaves by Jen's Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous walnut boat shaped, (table narrows by 6 inch on each end, from 52 to 36.5). Has 2 18-leaves with same thickness of the table. Matches up perfectly. Table operates freely wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Wastebasket Trash Bin by Jens Risom with Early Label
By Jens Risom
Located in Framingham, MA
Refinished early 1950s modernist wastebasket by Jens Risom. Wood (oak or teak) with hard plastic shell bottom. Label underneath. Measures: 14" tall x 12" diameter.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Plastic, Wood, Oak, Teak

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