Jens Risom 1916–2016

Often credited with bringing the Scandinavian look to America, Jens Risom crafted enduring, modern furnishings throughout his lengthy career as a designer. Born in Copenhagen in 1916, Risom’s father Sven was a prominent architect. As a young man, he attended the Copenhagen School of Industrial arts and Design where he studied under the Danish masters, Ole Wanscher and Kaare Klint. After graduation, Risom cut his teeth in the design department of Sweden’s Nordiska Kompaniet, before moving to the United States in 1939. In New York City, Risom found freelance work with Dan Cooper and became acquainted with a driven young immigrant from Germany named Hans Knoll. Looking to expand his small company, Knoll asked Risom if he would be interested in designing furniture and interiors for clients around the city. Risom agreed, and in 1942, the duo published the first catalog for the Hans Knoll Company showcasing fifteen pieces from Risom’s 600 line. The inaugural collection included chairs, stools and lounges expertly crafted from spare wood with webbed seats woven from surplus parachute straps (a result of wartime material shortages). Their ingenuity paid off and the venture effectively launched the careers of both men and ushered in a new era of American design.

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Auction Results Jens Risom

JENS RISOM, wastebaskets, collection of seven | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastebaskets, collection of seven

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $10,625
JENS RISOM, lounge chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Jens Risom

lounge chair and ottoman

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $8,750
JENS RISOM, settee | wright20.com

Jens Risom

settee

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,875
JENS RISOM, wastepaper baskets, set of six | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastepaper baskets, set of six

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250
JENS RISOM, lounge chairs model U-416, pair | wright20.com

Jens Risom

lounge chairs model U-416, pair

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,175
JENS RISOM, benches model T621, pair | wright20.com

Jens Risom

benches model T621, pair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,625
JENS RISOM, wastepaper baskets, set of eight | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastepaper baskets, set of eight

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000
JENS RISOM, wastepaper baskets, set of six | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastepaper baskets, set of six

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,375
JENS RISOM, wastepaper baskets, collection of eight | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastepaper baskets, collection of eight

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,128
JENS RISOM, Freeshape coffee table, model T-362 | wright20.com

Jens Risom

Freeshape coffee table, model T-362

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,500
JENS RISOM, Wingback lounge chair | wright20.com

Jens Risom

Wingback lounge chair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500
JENS RISOM, magazine table, model T539 | wright20.com

Jens Risom

magazine table, model T539

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,500
JENS RISOM, magazine table, model T539 | wright20.com

Jens Risom

magazine table, model T539

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,500
JENS RISOM, magazine table | wright20.com

Jens Risom

magazine table

estimate: $900–1,200
result: $2,457
JENS RISOM, magazine table, model T539 | wright20.com

Jens Risom

magazine table, model T539

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,375
JENS RISOM, bench, model T621 | wright20.com

Jens Risom

bench, model T621

estimate: $300–500
result: $2,304
JENS RISOM, 666 WSP dining chairs, set of six | wright20.com

Jens Risom

666 WSP dining chairs, set of six

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,300
JENS RISOM, wastebaskets model 8-35, set of five | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastebaskets model 8-35, set of five

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,125
JENS RISOM, U-251, sofa | wright20.com

Jens Risom

U-251, sofa

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,032
JENS RISOM, wastebaskets, collection of five | wright20.com

Jens Risom

wastebaskets, collection of five

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,000
JENS RISOM, desk | wright20.com

Jens Risom

desk

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $1,875
JENS RISOM, coffee table | wright20.com

Jens Risom

coffee table

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,840
JENS RISOM, dining chairs model C-170, set of six | wright20.com

Jens Risom

dining chairs model C-170, set of six

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,820
JENS RISOM, dining chairs model 666USP, set of four | wright20.com

Jens Risom

dining chairs model 666USP, set of four

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,625