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Jens Risom Furniture

Danish, 1916-2016
Danish, 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 Set of Six 'Playboy' Dining Chairs in Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jens Risom, 'Playboy' armchairs, cane, fabric, walnut, United States, design 1958, production 1960s These "Playboy" walnut armchairs by Jens Risom feature original cane backs. The...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Cane, Walnut, Fabric

Jens Risom U440 Lounge Chair in Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
Floating lounge chair by Jens Risom. Model U440. Constructed out of solid walnut. Gorgeous architectural design allowing the seat to appear suspended while being supported by its bas...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Letter Tray by Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural letter tray in walnut, by Jens Risom. This example is in very fine, original condition, clean and ready to use.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Paper Tray
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut paper tray by Jens Risom for Risom Design. The tray features oiled walnut angled side panels with a slanted bed and finger joinery. There are four trays available and they ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Wood, 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

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

10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Knoll Studio classic, Jens Risom's designs were the first pieces manufactured by Knoll. Due to war-time restrictions on materials, this style chair was originally constructed of si...
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1940s American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Cotton, Wood

George Ciancimino for Risom Aluminum and Walnut Dining Table
By George Ciancimino, Jens Risom
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 Dining Chairs, Set of Four, Two Arm and Two Side Chairs, Walnut
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of four dining chairs designed by and made by Jens Risom. Beautiful solid walnut frames. The original upholstery needs updating and the foam is petrified. These are priced expect...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Square Jens Risom Design Coffee Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Solid square oiled walnut Jens Risom coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Walnut Games Table by Jens Risom, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare walnut games table designed by Danish-born designer Jens Risom, circa 1950s. This table has been completely restored to match its original integrity featuring implacable finis...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Maple, Walnut

20th Century American Small Two Seater Sofa, Walnut Settee by Jens Risom Design
By Jens Risom
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small, vintage Mid-Century Modern American two seater sofa or settee with four pillows, designed and produced by Jens Risom Design, Model U-151, in good condition. The seat, back r...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Walnut

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 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 Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair Jens Risom lounge chairs Knoll Studios The Risom lounge chair was designed in 1943 and was one of the first pieces commissioned by Knoll. it brought the natural materials...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Cotton

Pair of Bachelors Chests by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of three-drawer dressers, designed by Jens Risom for Risom Furniture. Hard to find form, not usually found in pairs. Both shown wear to finish and would benefit from refini...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Desk by Jens Risom, Blonde Wood, Blue Drawer Fronts, Chrome Pulls, Laminate Top
By Jens Risom
Located in Kansas City, MO
Jens Risom desk for Risom Designs. Birch wood case, light blue lacquered drawer fronts, chrome pulls, brass feet, and virtually indestructible Laminate top. Condition is good and com...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Mid Century Jens Risom Walnut Console Table and Benches
By Jens Risom
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid century Jens Risom walnut console table and benches Benches Measure. H: 15.5”, W: 18.5”, D: 15”.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Danish Modern Lounge Chair Model U350 Fully Restored
By Jens Risom
Located in Round Rock, TX
A lounge chair, model U350, designed by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. This is a perfect representation of Risom’s work- bold lines, comfortable, and rock solid construction. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Side Chair for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton strapping. A classic midcen...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Cotton, Maple

Two Restored Jens Risom Side Armchairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of vintage side armchairs set. New upholstery in gray microfiber Tufted back detail Wood frame and legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Jens Risom Mid Century L Shaped Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century L shaped 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 vintag...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Walnut Side or End Table
By Jens Risom
Located in Highland, IN
A beautiful design by Jens Risom executed in solid walnut, this early model 433 table has wonderful lines, a lower shelf, and a top with a deeply beveled edge.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom for Knoll Black Lacquered Dining or Game Table, Newly Refinished
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish black lacquered walnut Mid-Century Modern dining or game table By Jens Risom for Knoll, USA, 20th Century Measures: 57" W x 34" D x 28.5" H. Knee clearan...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Lacquer

Modern Oak & Polished Aluminium Dining Table with Shamrock Legs by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A particularly striking dining table designed by Jens Risom, it is notable for its very fine metal work throughout. No expense was spared in the quality of material and finishing wor...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Aluminum

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

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 Left Hand Return Floating Desk and Wall Storage Unit
By Jens Risom
Located in South Charleston, WV
Jens Risom, Circa 1965, part of the Group 5 Series. Oak. L-shaped desk with raised return storage. 20 images provided. 83.5" wide, 65" deep and 66" tall. Desk Height 29.25". Desk de...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Steel

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 Modern Sculpted Walnut Cantilevered Occasional Side Table
By Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern sculpted walnut cantilevered occasional side table By Jens Risom USA, 1950s Measures: 21"W x 30"D x 22"H. Newly refinished. Excelle...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom for Knoll Mid Century Strap Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom for Knoll mid century strap lounge chairs - pair These chairs measure: 20 wide x 23 deep x 30 inches high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches ?All pieces of furniture...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Collaged Mid-Century Modern L-Shaped Black Lacquered Desk by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern L-shaped designed desk by Danish-American furniture designer Jens Risom. Teak wood with an under right side connected extension. Customized by French artist Fabie...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Teak, Resin, Lacquer

Jens Risom Danish Modern Sofa Signed
By Jens Risom
Located in Round Rock, TX
A Danish modern sofa designed by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. Form and function come together on this beautiful and comfortable sofa.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Petite Bench by Jens Risom in Mohair and Walnut, 1960's
By Jens Risom, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Framingham, MA
Scarce petite bench by Jens Risom in a light mauve mohair and walnut frame. 1960's The cushion is easily removable and can be easily reupholstered if you wish. Measures: 24" wide x...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Mohair, Walnut

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut executive desk This desk measures: 81 wide x 36 deep x 28.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of New Navy Blue Wool Upholstery Lounge Slipper Chairs
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Classic Jens Risom lounge chairs in navy blue wool upholstery. Gorgeous oiled walnut frames.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Wool, Walnut

Set of 3 Jens Risom Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bar Stools
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
A rare find, simple and elegant in form with a walnut frame and front brass stretcher for support. Original finish along with the naugahyde vinyl seat and back covering. All tagged a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Brass

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

Pair of Leather Webbed Lounge Chair with Ottoman, Jens Risom for Vostra, Germany
By Jens Risom
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of leather webbed lounge chairs with matching ottomans, designed by Jens Risom and manufactured by Vostra (Walter Knoll) in Germany. Made of black stained wood and natural leath...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Jen Risom Floating Lounge Chairs in Walnut Cradle Frames with Linen Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in Dallas, TX
Georgeous pair of Jens Risom lounge chairs with solid walnut frames. Very comfortable and restored to the highest possible standard. A third chair is also available as a single.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Linen, Walnut

Rare Vintage Signed Jens Risom Settee in Walnut & Wool, 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare and early two seater sofa or settee by Jens Risom for Risom Manufacturing Corp. in walnut & original nubby wool upholstery with hand-stitching. Completely original vintage con...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Other

Jens Risom End Tables or Night Stands
By Jens Risom
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of clean lined mid century walnut side tables or night stands, designed by Jens Risom, circa 1960s. They are being refinished and will look amazing when completed. The price not...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Glass, Wood, Walnut

Set of Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom, c. 1960s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of 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 mohair by...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Mohair, Walnut

Stylish Mid-Century Modern Walnut End Table by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This stylish vintage modern Jens Risom end table features a 2-tier design-second level is slatted for holding magazines etc. Solid walnut table with elegant wood grain and tapered le...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

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 “Big Chair” Model 2117 Danish Modern Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Round Rock, TX
A rare lounge chair designed by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. Nicknamed the “Big Chair” for obvious reasons. This chair makes a bold statement in any room with its large scal...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Midcentury Jens Risom Lounge Chair for Knoll
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple, classic, and honest design made this lounge or easy chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and cotton strapping. First designed in 19...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Cotton, Maple

Jens Risom for Knoll Black Lacquered Dining or Game Table, Newly Refinished
By Knoll, Jens Risom
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish black lacquered walnut Mid-Century Modern dining or game table By Jens Risom for Knoll USA, 20th century Measures: 57" W x 34" D x 28.5" H. Knee clearanc...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut, Lacquer

T539 Magazine Table in Oak by Jens Risom
By BENCHMARK, Jens Risom
Located in London, GB
The T539 magazine table is an iconic Risom piece and appeared in the first Jens Risom Design catalogue in 1949, under the slogan ‘furniture with a signature’. Designed by the leg...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Oak

Pair of Four Foot Floating Upholstered Benches by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern benches with sculpted upholstered button tufted floating seats supported on walnut bases with tapered legs. Mod. no. U-620. By Jens Risom. American, circ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut, Wool

Rare Pair of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Munich, DE
New foam and wonderful fabric.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Fabric

Rare Early Walnut Bench or Coffee Table by Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice solid walnut bench or coffee table by Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

Stunning Black Button Tufted Leather Swivel Chairs, Jens Risom for Marble, Pair
By Marble Imperial, Jens Risom
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning pair of black button tufted leather swivel chairs by Jens Risom for marble, Classic Mid-Century Modern design, self balancing swivel mechanism bringing chairs back to positi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Demilune Executive Desk & Console Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Lafayette, IN
This spectacular Mid-Century Modern executive desk was manufactured by the Jens Risom, and is accompanied by a matching console. Desk features a beautiful Asian-influenced, mahogany ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Brass

Jens Risom Walnut Letter Tray, circa 1960
By Jens Risom
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Jens Risom walnut letter / paper tray. circa 1960.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

T390 Low Table with Magazine Rack in Walnut by Jens Risom
By BENCHMARK, Jens Risom
Located in London, GB
The T390 low table is one of Jens Risom’s most recognisable pieces from the 1950s, with his hallmark of a ‘floating top’ and the distinctive feature of a magazine rack at one end. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Classic Mid-Century Modern Sofa by Jens Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An elegant and iconic sofa design by one of the the 20th century's design masters, Jens Risom. A strong and understated form that truly captures the spirit of Mid Century Modern. Won...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut L Shaped Corner Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in La Grange, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut L shaped corner desk The desk measures: 74.5 wide x 52 deep x 24.75 inches high; with a chair clearance of 24.75 inches All pieces of furniture ca...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jens Risom Furniture

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Walnut

Jens Risom Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Jens Risom Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Jens Risom Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 237 vintage editions of these items, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Jens Risom's original furniture was created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider Furniture by Charles Eames Furniture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Furniture and Craft Associates Furniture when they are looking for additional options. The prices for Jens Risom furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$250 and tops out at US$36,000, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for US$3,502.

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