Danish-American Jens Risom was one of the first designers to bring Scandinavian design to the U.S. Conceived in 1943, his Risom Lounge Chair was commissioned by the Hans Knoll Furniture Company as a solution to supply disruptions during World War II, as it could be produced locally in the States. The chair is distinguished by its minimalist, armless frame wrapped in crosshatched fabric, and was designed for indoor use. An earlier version of the chair with leather webbing, from 1941, is an object in MoMA’s collection.This version of the Risom Chair has been reimagined for outdoor use with Sunbrella® Webbing. This acrylic/polyester fabric uses reinforced yarns that are UV/fade-resistant, water-repellent, bleach-cleanable, stain-resistant and is designed to flex under your weight. The chair’s frame is made from solid teak with an oiled finish. (Please note that teak will weather with exposure to the elements, turning silver over time.) The chair’s back legs are lower and tilted, creating a comfortable seating position. The Risom Outdoor Lounge Chair measures 30.25h x 20w x 27.5”d with a 16”h seat. The chair’s manufacturer, Knoll, is represented in MoMA’s collection.
Size30.25h x 20w x 27.5"d
MaterialTeak, Sunbrella Webbing Straps
Year of Design1943
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