Collection by Luke Hopping

What It's Like to Work With 99-Year-Old Design Icon Jens Risom


A new collaboration between Chris Hardy and legendary Danish designer Jens Risom for Design Within Reach is on display now at WantedDesign. The midcentury-inspired Vens (Danish for "friends") storage collection was designed primarily by Hardy, yet bears the indelible mark of the old master. Hardy discusses how he approached the daunting task of designing on Risom's behalf.

Atlanta-based furniture designer Chris Hardy collaborated with midcentury master Jens Risom, who just turned 99, on the...
What was the collaborative process like? At first it was just trying to understand who he was.
When you began to dig into his work, what details struck you that you hadn't noticed before? Risom's all about the...
How did you incorporate your own style into the finished piece? I was excited by this red laminate that Risom once...
Chris Hardy and Jens Risom's Vens collection is on display at now at WantedDesign.
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