Jens risom

Explore the iconic furniture designs and influential career of Jens Risom. Learn how his innovative approach to modern design continues to inspire and shape the industry today.
Risom broke off from Knoll and started Jens Risom Design in 1946; in keeping with his professed commitment to quality, he commissioned Richard Avedon to shoot the photographs for the first catalog. Image © Jens Risom 2012 Design, Richard Avedon, History, Jens Risom, 1stdibs, Danish Design, Greats, Mid Century Danish, Photographer

When Jens Risom immigrated to New York from Denmark in the late 1930s, he was shocked to discover a lack of modern furniture production in the States. He soon set out to change this, partnering first with Hans G. Knoll, then launching his own firm in 1946. Today, at age 96, he's the last of the mid-century modern legends still alive — and still designing.