RISOM CHILD’S SIDE CHAIR

Designed by Jens Risom - Knoll

The first true Knoll designer, Jens Risom joined the young Hans Knoll Furniture Company in the early 1940s as the sole designer of interiors and furniture. Born in Denmark to the well-known architect Sven Risom, Jens worked in Stockholm for one year before graduating from the prestigious Kundstandvaerkerskolen in Copenhagen.

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Risom left Denmark for the United States in 1938 and, for two years, served as Director of Interior Design at the studio of Dan Cooper, Inc. in New York before starting a freelance career specializing in furniture and textiles. It was during this time that he met Hans Knoll. The pair collaborated on an exhibition for the New York World’s Fair. Knoll asked Risom, who had been searching for a promoter and manufacturer, to help him design interiors for clients around New York.

With Hans handling client relations and Jens planning interiors and designing furniture when needed, the pair began to take on more design projects. In 1942 they printed the first Knoll Catalog, which included 15 pieces designed by Risom — the very first furniture to be commissioned specifically by Knoll. Working ingeniously within the constraints of wartime material shortages, Risom developed several chairs and tables using essentially scraps of wood and rejected nylon straps from parachute production. Despite these constraints, Risom was able to design innovative and truly modern pieces of furniture, a selection of which were reintroduced by Knoll in 1994.

Description

Jens Risom’s designs, described at their introduction as “good, honest furniture,” were the first pieces ever designed for and manufactured by Knoll. Their brightly colored webbing and simple design make these scaled-down versions ideal for a kid’s craft station or miniature modern tea party.

Dimensions

13″W x 16″D x 23″H, Seat Height: 13.5″

Materials & Options

  • Without webbed back
  • Nylon webbing is 60% nylon and 40% cotton with water repellent finish
  • Frame is solid Honey Beech hardwood

Contact Us

Contact Hollace Cluny for more information at 416 968 7894 or send us an inquiry.
  • 245 Davenport Rd.
    First Floor
    Toronto, ON
    M5R 1K1
  • Showroom is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Saturdays by appointment only. Sundays closed.

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