The Remarkable Life of Jens Risom
Born May 8 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Along with School for Arts and Crafts classmates Hans Wegner and Borge Mogensen, studies under Kaare Klint, who also headed up the furniture school at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Works for Danish architect Ernst Kuhn and creates several furniture designs for Gustav Weinreich of A/S Normina in Copenhagen. Also works for a small design firm in Sweden.
Arrives in the United States
Works as a freelance designer for interior designer Dan Cooper, to whom he was introduced through the Museum of Modern Art. He gets his break with Cooper by designing modern textiles.
Designs furniture for the Edward D. Stone-designed Collier's House of Ideas, a model house built on a terrace at Rockefeller Center.
Meets Hans Knoll and travels cross country on a design research trip.
Knoll launches 600 line.
Sells Jens Risom Design Inc.
First Jens Risom collection for Ralph Pucci International, which includes reissues of JRD classics.
Receives commission for stool at Philip Johnson's Glass House.
DWR Design Studio approaches Risom to add to its collection from the original Knoll line. Their collaboration produces three updates of pieces he did for the Caribe Hilton in 1949: the Jens bench, armchair, and ottoman.
Ralph Pucci is scheduled to release its third Jens Risom line, which will feature the classic U sofa, a coffee table, and a classic executive chair.