The last of the great – 100 years of Jens Risom


Risom was trained as a designer at the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design in Copenhagen where he studied under Ole Wanscher and Kaare Klint alongside the likes of Hans Wegner and Børge Mogensen.

After two years of education at Niels Brock – Copenhagen Business College, he was employed in the architectural firm Ernst Kuhn, where Risom worked with furniture design and interior design. Later he moved to Stockholm and became affiliated with the design department of Nordiska Kompaniet.

In 1939 Risom travelled to New York where he worked freelance for designer Dan Cooper before he met the entrepreneur Hans Knoll.

In 1942 Hans Knoll Furniture Company launched the first collection consisting of 20 products, of which no less than 15 were designed by Risom.

During the Second World War Risom served under General George S. Patton. After the war Risom briefly returned to Knoll in New York, but already in 1946 he established his own company, Jens Risom Design.

Many of Risom’s furniture designs are considered modern classics, and his furniture is among others exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.

Jens sold his company in 1970 and moved to New Canaan, where he still lives and works.

Risom has made an outstanding contribution – also by promoting “Danish Modern” to the American public.

Congratulations and thank you!

Click here to go to a special website set up to mark “100 Years of Risom”