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Jens Risom is a Danish American furniture artist and industrial designer. Jens Risom was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in the year 1916. ( Yes, he is 99 years of age!)

The artist attended the School of Arts and Crafts of Copenhagen where he studied as a designer. Risom also attended the Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College.

In 1939 Risom relocated to New York City. Two years later he would help to found the Hans Kroll furniture company which produced chairs, stools, and armchairs.

In this clip from my favorite tv show Antiques Roadshow we view an appraisal of a table by Jens Risom:


The artist was drafted to serve in the United States Army in 1943. After finishing his duties the artist began his own design firm called Jens Risom Design. The artist sold his company to Dictaphone in 1970.

Some of Risom’s designs have won awards and one chair was even included in the office of former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In this clip a great interview with Jens Risom:

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

What a great artist! Risom was recently working on some new furniture pieces with younger contemporary designers. It will be interesting to follow this project. Jens Risom will turn 100 years old on May 8th of this year!