Risom 65 Sofa 2 seater Metal Base

Jens Risom

Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1965, the Risom 65 Sofa boasts streamlined architectural lines in an elegant expression that’s clean and uncluttered. Adding to the comfort are plush, loose seat and back cushions that fit neatly into the concept. Cushion covers in fabric are reversible and the recessed base is available in steel or solid wood. It’s all part of a practical approach to a sofa that signals sophistication.

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Risom 65 Sofa 2 seater Metal Base
Risom 65 Sofa 2 seater Metal Base - Model 6562
 
D: 93 cm
H: 69 cm
L: 186 cm
Cbm: 1.45 cbm
Sh: 36 cm

About The Collection

Jens Risom was part of the golden generation of designers during the Danish Modernism movement. Risom introduced Scandinavian design to America and went on to influence the global design scene.

After making a name for himself in New York, Risom left a legacy of streamlined designs known for their simplicity, uniformity and continuity of style.

The Risom 65 Sofa exemplifies his practical approach in a design that exudes exclusivity, with its bold architectural lines and recessed base that give the sofa a floating appearance. Adding comfort are the loose seat and back cushions, which fit neatly and discretely to create a singular entity that’s simple yet striking.

Fabric covered cushions are reversible, whereas leather covers have a fabric panel partially covering the bottom surface for proper ventilation.

Given its sleek, clean lines and plush, luxurious seating experience, the Risom 65 Sofa can easily be envisioned in any modern-day milieu, from private residences to hotels and restaurants.

The Risom 65 Sofa was originally designed in 1965 and is available from Fredericia as of 2019.

Jens Risom

Designer

A Risom Renaissance

“Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things.”
Jens Risom

Jens Risom (1916 - 2016) was a key figure who contributed to the Danish Modernism movement, considered the first designer to introduce a Scandinavian sense of aesthetics and focus on functionalism to America.

After studying design at the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design, Risom trained under Kaare Klint, who led the furniture school at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. An opportunity Risom shared alongside fellow icons-in-the-making Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen.

Years later a chance meeting with the United States consulate in Copenhagen changed his life forever. Risom showed the diplomat sketches of his designs and, as Risom recalls, he said: ‘You should seriously consider going to America. We don’t have any furniture like this. I think you’d do very well.’ ”

Soon thereafter at the age of 26, Risom moved to America and went on to make a name for himself with his stylish approach to timeless, functional designs and focus on natural materials.

“Comfort vs. function in furniture can be quickly resolved. A well-designed sofa settles the question in one sitting.”

Like many of our designers who have incorporated a global sense of aesthetics into their work, Risom interpreted Scandinavian design in an American context, seen in his A-Chair infused with a New York sense of style and confidence. Similarly, Mogensen’s Spanish Chair for the Danish and international market was imbued with Andalusian influences. And Wegner’s J16 Rocking chair was inspired by traditional Windsor and Shaker furniture.

Highlights from Risom’s career include his appearance in the July 1961 issue of Playboy magazine in a double-page spread entitled “Designs For Living”. Risom was chosen along with George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Edward Wormley.as the designers “revolutionizing furniture in America” at the time.

”In judging furniture, appearances are usually inconclusive. For example, when sizing up a chair, do it sitting down.”

Many of Risom’s pieces appear as modern classics in leading design museums, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art / MoMa and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, amongst others.

In 1966, Risom received the prestigious Danish Knight’s Cross from Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Risom passed away in 2016 shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday.

We are pleased to bring Risom’s legacy back home to his roots in Denmark for a new generation of design aficionados to enjoy all around the world.

Jens Risom joins Fredericia’s stable of talented designers together with his former classmates, Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, whose work laid the foundation for Fredericia.