Furniture:  Seating
A Pair of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs

A pair of "Lounge Chairs" designed by Jens Risom in 1941 for Knoll Studios. These chairs were one of the first designs commissioned by Knoll Studios. Risom's furniture shows the timeless sleek practicality of mid-century Scandinavian furniture which he promoted in the United States.

Birch with new "licorice" colored webbing in a blend of cotton and nylon. 29 3/4 inches high, 20 inches wide, 28 inches deep and with a seat height of 16 1/4 inches.

Jens Risom was born in Copenhagen in 1916. He worked as a furniture 'developer' and interior designer for the architect Ernst Kuhn. He traveled to New York in 1939 and by 1941 had met Hans Knoll. In 1942 he and Knoll launched the Hans Knoll Furniture Company with 15 of the initial 20 objects being products of Risom's pen-this chair was among those designs. After a long and productive career Risom retired to New Canaan, CT. He was knighted by Queen Margrethe ll of Denmark in 1996. He is a trustee of RISD. Risom's furniture is on display at MOMA, Yale University Art Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, RISD, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.