The Risom Stool (1943), by Danish designer Jens Risom, is testament to the
simplicity and ingenuity that is so often found in timeless modern designs.
One of the first designs commissioned by Knoll®, it brought the natural
materials and understated form of Scandinavian design to large-scale U.S.
production. Originally constructed of a birch frame and surplus parachute
straps, the stool made the best of the few materials available during WWII.
Today, the streamlined hardwood frame is expertly joined with mortise and
tenon construction, and the heavy-duty cotton straps are tightly
basket-woven across the frame for strength and resilience. Greenguard®
certified for sustainable materials and manufacturing. Each piece is stamped
with the KnollStudio logo and the designer’s signature. Manufactured by
Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer.
Made in U.S.A.
Walnut hardwood with clear lacquer finish or maple hardwood with clear or ebonized lacquer finish; 100% natural cotton webbing.
To his bewilderment, when Jens Risom emigrated from Denmark to the United States to study contemporary American furniture design, finding opportunity to do so was not an easy task. The year was 1939, and at the age of 23 Risom already had attended business school, studied at Copenhagen's School for Arts and Crafts and designed furniture for Kaare Klint and architect Ernst Kuhn.
With a career that has spanned nearly 70 years and is still in the making, Risom made his mark designing one of the first chairs to be manufactured by Knoll®. Constructed of a birch frame and surplus parachute straps, the chair made the best of the few materials available during WWII. When Risom began his collaboration with Knoll in 1941, they set about on a tour of the new "modern" home to gain insight into what would be needed to market a line of modern furniture. After consulting with the architects along the way, Risom was encouraged to try out a few of his Scandinavian-inspired designs that fit the modern bill and the new modern home. The result was the Jens Risom collection, which was featured in one of the first Knoll catalogs. Read more >