One of the first designers to bring the traditional Scandinavian values of function and craftsmanship to the United States, Jens Risom was part of a new vanguard that helped establish post-war America's leadership role in the world of modern furniture design and manufacturing. Born in Copenhagen on May 8, 1916, Risom was highly influenced by his award-winning architect-father who encouraged Jens to pursue academic studies in business and contemporary design. After completing two years at the Business College of Niels Brock in Copenhagen, Risom worked briefly for Danish architect Ernst Kuhn and created several furniture designs for Gustav Weinreich of A/S Normina in Copenhagen. Risom's early designs for Normina were shown at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition in 1937. The young Risom also worked for a small design studio/shop in Stockholm that specialized in residential furniture. While in Sweden, Risom also worked with Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) where he was further exposed to the designs of Bruno Mathsson and others including the Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. Jens Risom joined Ralph Pucci in 2005.