Jens Risom was born in Copenhagen in 1916. From 1935 to 1938 he attended the School for Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen where he trained under the furniture maker Kaare Klint and his fellow students included Hans Wegner. ... Read more
Emigrating from Denmark to the USA in 1939, Risom met Hans Knoll in the early 1940’s. The two collaborated for an exhibition for the New York World’s Fair and later Risom became Knoll’s company first designer.
This collaboration only ended in 1943 when the Danish designer left Knoll to join the U.S. Army. Returning to the United States in 1946 Risom founded his own design practice, Jens Risom Design, which he ran until the early 1970’s.
After selling his company, Risom moved to Connecticut and started a design consultancy firm.
In 1970 Risom was appointed a trustee of The Rhode Island School of Design where in 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. In 1996 Risom received the Danish Knight’s Cross
Risom’s designs are in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island.
Jens Risom Furniture Designs
Lounge Chair by Jens Risom with wooden frame and cotton webbing in ten different colours.