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Design Classic: Jens Risom Collection

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Jens Risom's 1942 designs for Knoll were born out of wartime necessity but went on to become signature midcentury modern designs.
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  Jens Risom's side chair is the centerpiece of the spacious living room in this Austin residence. Photo by Dave Mead.  Photo by: Dave Mead

    Jens Risom's side chair is the centerpiece of the spacious living room in this Austin residence. Photo by Dave Mead.

    Photo by: Dave Mead

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  In this San Francisco home, Risom lounge chairs were rewoven with cat–proof leather strapping after the originals were shredded. Photo by Leslie Williamson.  Photo by: Leslie Williamson

    In this San Francisco home, Risom lounge chairs were rewoven with cat–proof leather strapping after the originals were shredded. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

    Photo by: Leslie Williamson

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  In this recently renovated San Francisco Victorian, a Florence Knoll sofa from Knoll is paired with the Jens Risom lounge chair. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.  Photo by: Sharon Risedorph

    In this recently renovated San Francisco Victorian, a Florence Knoll sofa from Knoll is paired with the Jens Risom lounge chair. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.

    Photo by: Sharon Risedorph

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  Risom’s red chair shines brightly in the master bedroom of this Virginia home. Photo by Eric Laignel.   Photo by: Eric Laignel
    Risom’s red chair shines brightly in the master bedroom of this Virginia home. Photo by Eric Laignel.
     

    Photo by: Eric Laignel

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  Risom's chairs were cheap and easy to manufacture, making them an ideal wartime design. Photo courtesy of Knoll. 

    Risom's chairs were cheap and easy to manufacture, making them an ideal wartime design. Photo courtesy of Knoll. 

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  The designer sitting in his iconic lounge chair. 
    The designer sitting in his iconic lounge chair.
     

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