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Jens Risom, 2019 rebirth of a danish modern pioneer


A sofa, an armchair, a magazine table and a fabrics collection just reissued and unveiled in Stockholm last week by Fredericia and Camira, more to come in Milan and New York : 2019 will be Jens Risom year ! Risom was a versatile and successful Danish-American designer and businessman who took USA by storm from the 1940s onwards. As part of a new vanguard, he was one of the first designers to introduce the modernist aesthetics and values of function and craftsmanship to the United States, he created Hans Knoll Furniture in 1941 with Hans Knoll. He founded Risom Design after Hans met Florence Knoll and became partner to create Knoll International in 1946 and throughout the mid-twentieth century he became an important figure in establishing post-war America’s leadership role in the world of modern furniture design and manufacturing.


Risom believed that design should be subtle and not centerstage. He created furniture for the people, often in rustic, natural materials such as solid oak and colored textile upholstery, and for more than 75 years he meticulously practised a certain American version of Danish-Modern. Today, many of his furniture are considered modern classics and examples of Risom’s designs can be seen in leading design museums around the world. Described by Wallpaper Magazine in 2016 as “America’s last surviving design star from the Mid-century modernist movement”, Jens Risom passed away later the same year, shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. A farewell to a legend, but the Risom legacy lives on through an admirable production of more than 1000 designs, some of which are still in production today and some of which will be available through a range of upcoming re-issues in 2019 onwards.


The Risom Magazine Table (1949) by Fredericia. 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.


Dimensions L: 40,5 cm, W: 47 cm, H: 57,5 cm

Public price : from 496 EUR

Materials : Oak lacquered, black lacquered


The A-Chair (1961) by Fredericia . A graceful expression of a timeless design, it’s a comfort-conscious chair featuring an A-frame in the back for added support and as a signature detail. The A-Chair is a distinctive design with loads of options for customization, such as the sculptured base in walnut, oak, black lacquered oak, black steel or mat chrome.


Dimensions W: 82 cm, D: 76 cm, H: 88 cm, SH: 42 cm RRP

Public price from 2.401 euros

Frame : Oak oiled, oak soap, black lacquered, walnut lacquered, black steel, matte chrome

Upholstery available : Fabric, leather

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Zap and Armadillo fabrics by Camira. Camira is the first textile company to recreate Jens Risom’s textiles, over 40 years after they were originally released. The two fabrics, Zap and Armadillo, are perfect for a wide range of commercial interiors. Zap is a classic dobby weave with vibrant contrasting or tone-on-tone cross colors, while Armadillo has added texture and depth of color interest. ”After a while, my father became very frustrated with the lack of creative, interesting and exciting textiles, so when he heard of a textile company that was going out of business up in Massachusetts, he acquired that company and made it part of Jens Risom Design. That really helped solidify what Jens brought forward. Because now you were able to have the right textiles on the right furniture, made in the right way. He loved how textures worked together. A smooth piece of furniture, well-sanded and well-oiled with a beautifully textured textile was a perfect match. He had a passion about colors, and a passion about the balance between textures and textiles, between the wood and other materials. He loved the fact that in architecture, it was the complete package – the fabric, the textiles, the furniture, the surfaces, the leathers, the wood, whatever it may be.” says Sven Risom. 

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Zap comes in a range of vibrant, clean, saturated, comic book, jelly bean colors. It has the softness of young wool with the toughness of a steel watch spring. An irresistible blend of retro and modern. An original primary colors range reimagined by Camira as a contemporary palette.

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Armadillo is spanish for the “little armoured one” – the super cute, armour-coated, rolly-polly mammal. The fabric echoes these traits in a tough, confident, quirky combination, sporting a subtle weave pattern to create visual balance through color, texture and construction. The wool flax yarn gives visual flecks to bring added depth and interest to a flexible textile. Made from a wool-rich flax yarn which is color woven using three yarns, Armadillo has a palette of 12 selective colors.


Jens Risom 2019 re-issues are possible thank’s to FORM, a company dedicated to preserve, protect and promote good design through storytelling and matchmaking, to build on legacies and breathe new life into the legends of our time through the authentic translation of iconic designer portfolios. FORM is guardian and conservator, guiding families and their acquisitions, as well as living designers and their works, along the path of partners to actualization. Form Portfolios presents to the world again, as curators of these archetypal treasures, a gallery of useful and globally appealing design for today.

More about Jens Risom www.formportfolios.com