Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation. “The popular magazines were all saying that one couldn’t build a summer home for less than $25,000,” recalls Jens Risom, seated comfortably in a chair of his own design inside his home in New Canaan, Connecticut. “So I contacted Life magazine and said, ‘well, I have one.’”

Mid-century designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat, located on the northern portion of Block island, is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land. Photo  of Risom Residence modern homeView Photos

Mid-century designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat, located on the northern portion of Block island, is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land.

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Rinsom Residence Interior Living Room

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Rinsom Residence Interior Living Room

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Rinsom Residence Interior Dining Room

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Rinsom Residence Interior Sitting Area

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Rinsom Residence Interior Living Room

Rinsom Residence Jens Rinsom Portrait Photo 7 of Risom Residence modern homeView Photos

Rinsom Residence Jens Rinsom Portrait

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Rinsom Residence Aerial View

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Rinsom Residence Exterior Back Side View

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Rinsom Residence Exterior View

Rinsom Residence Interior Firestove
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Rinsom Residence Interior Firestove

Rinsom Residence Interior Desk by Window
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Rinsom Residence Interior Desk by Window

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Rinsom Residence Exterior Side View

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  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1967
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