Jens Risom (1916 – 2016) Danish American Furniture Designer.
He studied at Krebs’ School to 1928, St. Anne Vester School to 1932, and Niels Brock’s Business School, University of Copenhagen, to 1934. Between 1935—38, he studied furniture and interior design at Kunstandvaerkerskolen, Copenhagen.
Between 1937-39, he was active as a furniture and interior designer in the office of architect Ernst Kuhn, Copenhagen. In 1939, he settled in the USA. 1939-41, he was design director at Dan Cooper, New York, where he designed furniture, textiles, and interiors. He designed the interiors of the 1940 model home by architect Edward Stone sponsored by Colliers magazine in Rockefeller Center, New York.
In 1941, he designed Hans Knoll’s first chair; in 1941—43, he was a freelance designer of furniture, textiles, interiors, and industrial products, with clients including Georg Jensen. His designs for Knoll immediately after World War II reflected the scarcity of raw materials; inexpensive and second-grade woods and upholstery webbing had to be used. 1946—73, his firm in New York was known as Jens Risom Design, where he was the sole designer.
From 1973, he was active as chief executive of Design Control in New Canaan, Connecticut. 1970—76, he was a trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design. Unlike other designers at Knoll and Herman Miller after World War II, Risom rejected metal and moulded furniture in favour of shaped wood.