“Good design is something that pleases the eye,” says Jens Risom. The Danish designer has indeed created many eye-pleasing furnishings, including the most iconic of his designs, the eponymous lounge chair, among the first to be produced by Knoll. Here are examples of his designs in situ, including in his own family home on Block Island, Rhode Island.
The designer in his iconic Risom lounge chair.
Risom’s home on Block Island, Rhode Island, is a laboratory of sorts for his furnishings, including prototypes. Here, a relatively new Rais wood-burning stove is next to a Risom Rocker from Design Within Reach, a 2009 piece from the designer.Photo by Floto + Warner.
The sofa at Block Island is a prototype that never went into production—the base slides out and the two cushions become flat for sleeping. Today, one can buy Risom furniture from a variety of sources, including Knoll, Design Within Reach, and Ralph Pucci. Photo by Floto + Warner.
On Austin’s outskirts, where urban, industrial, and rural collide, lawyer and science-fiction author Chris Brown’s bunker-style home redefines modern city living. A Risom chair centers the living room, which looks across the courtyard to the bedroom pavilion.Photo by Dave Mead.
In 2010, Risom collaborated with Rocket Gallery and Benchmark Furniture on an exhibition that was part of the 2010 London Design Festival.
Benchwarming never looked better. Iconic designer Jens Risom has created a modern classic to match a chair and ottoman duo he introduced in 1949. Slide the cushion from left to right and a side-table emerges.