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Pair of Jens Risom for KnollStudio Lounge Chairs, Maple with Maize Webbing, 2013

$1,290Asking Price


A pair of 2013 Jens Risom lounge chairs for KnollStudio in maple with maize webbing seats. Iconic chair conceived for and produced by the Hans Knoll Furniture Company in 1943 as part of their very first collection of pieces. Designed by Risom to meet the unique challenges of wartime material restrictions. Solid maple frame with original maize cotton webbing seat. Metal badge with engraved Jens Risom signature and “KnollStudio 1941” on underside.


  • Creator
    Jens Risom (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.25 in. (76.84 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Depth: 27.75 in. (70.49 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In great condition. Frames with some tiny nicks/marks/dings. Webbing with a few spots of light wear. Color of one seat is very slightly lighter than the other due to sun exposure; difficult to show, but additional photos can be provided upon request.
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU955020039892

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    Ships From: San Francisco, CA
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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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