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Risom Lounge Chair

About the Design

Debuting in 1943, the Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary furniture manufacturer Knoll. It was the work of Jens Risom (1916–2016), who had only just moved from his native Denmark to the United States in 1939.


Risom was by then a graduate of business school and had studied under Danish architect and designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In New York City, he found work as an interior designer before embarking on a freelance career as a furniture maker and textile designer when he met Hans Knoll, who was mere months into his venture and needed inventory. In the first Knoll catalogue, 15 of the 25 pieces listed were Risom designs, and the Risom lounge chair would follow a year later.


Owing to the rationing of materials during World War II, Risom turned to surplus parachute straps for use in the construction of his chair, binding the woven straps to a curving birchwood frame. The design was immediately popular for office interiors and is recognized as pivotal to the introduction of understated Danish modernism to the States. Today, Knoll continues to manufacture the simple but strong Risom lounge chair, and it is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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Jens Risom A-Line Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Bouclé, circa 1950s
By Jens Risom
Located in Stamford, CT
Iconic "A-Line" lounge chair designed by Jens Risom model #2136 with matching ottoman. Walnut bases fully restored and refinished in espresso. Newly upholstered in charcoal bouclé b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Jens Risom Webbed Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jens Risom reintroduced webbed lounge chair. This chair is about 20 years old. Black webbing and black wood frame. Overall a pretty clean example of a Classic Early Risom for Knoll D...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Maple

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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Vintage 1940s American Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Wood

U431 Armless Chair in American Walnut by Jens Risom
By BENCHMARK, Jens Risom
Located in London, GB
The U431 armless chair was first introduced in 1955 by Jens Risom Inc. Designed by the legendary Danish-born American designer, it is a timeless piece that works well in both residen...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to honor traditi...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jens Risom Jens Risom emigrated from Europe to the U.S. when he was just 23 years of age. Like other Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Kaare Klint, Risom continued to h...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by Jen's Risom
By Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of 6 dining chairs by Jen's Risom. These are the playboy chairs as they were featured in a article on modern furniture in the magazine. 2 arm and 4 side chairs in walnut...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Jens Risom Scoop Chairs for Hans Knoll
By Jens Risom
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Jens Risom Scoop chairs for Hans Knoll A pair of very early Knoll post war design scoop chairs by Jens Risom. Each has been completely restored in a luxurious Sandra Jordan ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Alpaca

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 Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Modern Jens Risom Turquoise Weaved Strap Lounge Chair
By Jens Risom
Located in Houston, TX
Modern and unique lounge chair by Jens Risom made from turquoise strap weaving. Sleek minimal design perfect for any setting.
Category

Vintage 1960s Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood

Jens Risom Pair of Red Vinyl Faux Leather Chairs 1950
By Jens Risom
Located in Vienna, AT
Jens Risom pair of red vinyl faux leather chairs, 1950. Excellent original condition with little wear to the vinyl. Priced as a pair.     
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Pair Jens Risom Walnut Lounge Chairs
By Jens Risom
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of mid century modern lounge chairs designed by Jens Risom. Walnut frames with orange Naugahyde cushions. Also available in turquoise.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Naugahyde, Walnut