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T390 Low Table with Magazine Rack in Walnut by Jens Risom

$2,129.03

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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. Designed by the legendary Danish-born American designer, it is made from solid American walnut, with a walnut veneer top. In 2010, English furniture maker Benchmark, in collaboration with Jens Risom and Rocket, secured the European rights to reissue Risom’s 1950s and 1960s furniture designs.

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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.

About The Maker

Driven by the belief that good materials and well-made furniture can bring joy, Anthem specialise in modern and contemporary design, sourcing pieces for residential and commercial projects across the UK and worldwide. Founded by Timothy Anscombe-Bell and Rita Nicoletta, we are a team of specialist advisers, upholsterers and restorers. With long-standing relationships with many of the UK's top furniture makers and craft-based manufacturers, our aim is to honour the designer's intention while fulfilling the wishes of the client. Alongside furniture dealing, we also create our own pieces - producing limited runs of handmade furniture that bring together a fresh modern sensibility, with an emphasis on traditional British craft.
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