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Jens Risom Lounge Chair

US$5,000

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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 of materials during WWII, the original webbing that went over the maple frame came from discarded parachute straps. This chair's original webbing has been replaced by new leather straps and are finished with bronze nail heads. Marked with [Knoll - 601 Madison Ave.] label. This was the location of Knoll's New York showroom in the late 1940s. Dimensions: 23.75” width x 28” depth x 29” height, 15“ seat height, 23" arm height Condition: Excellent restored conditioned. Frame has been professionally refinished with new leather straps.

Details

  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Jens Risom (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Rewoven. Replacements made. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: ST19891stDibs: LU1645222627762

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About the Design

Risom Lounge Chair

Designed by Jens Risom
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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