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 well-received product launches. The Risom Rocker (2009) came about when he approached us with an idea for an upholstered rocking chair with a high back and sculpted armrests for superb head and arm support and comfort. This piece has a deep, smooth and balanced feeling thanks to a hidden counterweight precisely placed in the front rail. It’s adorned with a nine-button tufted back, a nod toward the classic Danish modern aesthetic that can be found in all his work. Made in U.S.A.
Solid walnut frame; plywood panel under seat cushion; 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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Risom Rocker, Maharam Milestone
Risom Rocker, Bouclé
Risom Rocker, Linen Weave
Risom Rocker, Basket Weave
Risom Rocker, Broad Weave
Risom Rocker, Cotton Twill
Risom Rocker, Ducale Wool
Risom Rocker, Lama Tweed
Risom Rocker, Pebble Weave
Risom Rocker, Textured Stripe
Risom Rocker, Maharam Divina Melange
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