As a key figure in the Danish Modernism movement, Jens Risom is considered one of the very first designers to bring Danish Modernism to America. Three of his iconic designs are now being relaunched by Fredericia.
In 1952, the 23-year-old Jens Risom moved to New York and quickly made a name for himself with elegant, unadorned furniture for residential and commercial spaces. The furniture reflected the Danish passion for simple, sensible, and functional craftsmanship and designs. In doing so, Jens Risom was one of the very first designers to introduce Danish aesthetics to the international stage.
From his design studio on 60th Street, Jens Risom brought Danish Modern to America with the A-Chair, 65 Sofa, and the Magazine Table. The three iconic designs was relaunched by Fredericia at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
“Several of Risom’s pieces are considered modern classics. They can be viewed in leading design museums, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. We couldn’t be more pleased to help keep Risom’s legacy alive with the launch of three unique designs that are equally suitable for any modern-day private residence, hotel, restaurant or lounge,” says Thomas Graversen, owner and CCO of Fredericia.
Three Pieces of Iconic Design
Danish manufacturer Fredericia has picked up the works of Jens Risom and relaunched three of his iconic designs at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2019 this month.
The A-Chair from 1961
The A-Chair is a distinctive design with loads of options for customisation, such as the sculptured base in walnut, oak, black lacquered oak, black steel or matt chrome. It’s a graceful expression of a timeless design, a comfort-conscious chair featuring an A-frame in the back for added support and as a signature detail.
The 65 Sofa from 1965
Sleek and streamlined, the sofa signals sophistication, with its bold, architectural lines and recessed base, adding a floating feeling to the plush, cushioned seat and back in this classic, timeless design with the option of a wood or steel base.
The Magazine Table from 1949
Sweeping diagonal lines with cut-outs and curves echo Risom’s penchant for practicality. It appeared in the first comprehensive catalogue from Jens Risom Design with the slogan “Furniture with a signature.” Available in lacquered or black lacquered oak.
You can read more about Fredericia in their company profile here.
Live to be a Hundred
Jens Risom passed away in 2016, shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. He received the prestigious Danish Knight’s Cross from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 1966 and was part of the golden generation of designers during the Danish Modernism movement.
After studying design at the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design, Jens Risom trained under Kaare Klint, who led the furniture school at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – an experience Jens Risom shared alongside fellow icons-in-the-making Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, whose work laid the foundation for Fredericia.