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Jens Risom

Jens Risom

Risom was born in 1916 to prominent architect Sven Risom.  Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Risom attended the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design.  During this time attended school with Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen and was influenced by Ole Wanscher and Kaare Klint.

Risom began his career as a furniture developer with the company Ernst Kuhn. He later moved to Stockholm where he worked for the design department of Nordiska Kompaniet where he worked with Alvar Aalto and Bruno Mathsson.

In 1939 Risom came to New York City to study American design where he struggled to find work as a furniture designer and instead focused on textile design. It wasn't until 1939 when his work was included in Collier's House of ideas, that Risom's american dream of becoming a furniture designer began to come into fruition.  In 1941 Risom began working with Hans Knoll and the following year they began the Hans Knoll Furniture company.  Initially they began with 15 pieces including stools, armchairs, and lounges, many of which are now considered to be design classics.

Risom was drafted in 1943 and served under General Patton.  After his Army service Risom decided to launch his own firm in 1946 named Jens Risom Designs.  In the 1950s Risom started hevaily promoting Scandinavian design in Home furniture which helped improve Risom's already great reputation as a furniture designer and allowed for a major expansion of the companies production faciities.  

Risom Lived until the age of 100, and his furniture is on display at many famous museums including the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Brookly Museum to name a few.  Risom has been presented with many awards including the Danish Knight's Cross.  In 1997 Knoll reissue many of Risom's furniture designs from the 40's and 50's.