Running into legendary designer Jens Risom in the halls at DWR headquarters is just one of the many pleasures of working here. Over the last several years, we’ve collaborated with Risom on a number of product launches. The Jens Bench (2008) came about when we worked with him to re-launch his Chair and Ottoman originally designed in 1949 for the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico. Decades have passed since this collection was in production, and Risom worked closely with us on every step of its return, from reviewing prototypes, to adjusting tiny details, to advocating cost effective changes in the manufacturing process. Like all of the furniture by this iconic designer, this collection has a subtle Scandinavian sensibility that works with modern and traditional settings. Or, as Risom puts it, “Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things.” Slipcover is removable for cleaning. Made in U.S.A.
Solid walnut frame; solid plywood top with walnut veneer; fabric upholstery.
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 >
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Jens Bench, Maharam Milestone
Jens Bench, Bouclé
Jens Bench, Linen Weave
Jens Bench, Basket Weave
Jens Bench, Broad Weave
Jens Bench, Cotton Twill
Jens Bench, Ducale Wool
Jens Bench, Lama Tweed
Jens Bench, Pebble Weave
Jens Bench, Textured Stripe
Jens Bench, Maharam Divina Melange
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