A-Chair Wood Base

Jens Risom

Originally designed by Jens Risom in 1961 the A-Chair is a graceful expression of an elegant, upholstered chair in a timeless design, boasting an A-frame in the back for added support and as signature detail. The curved lines of the two-piece back and loose seat cushion accentuate the comfort and softness of this foam-filled chair with a base available in solid oak, walnut, black lacquered steel or matt chrome.

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A-Chair Wood Base
A-Chair Wood Base - Model 6540
 
W: 78 cm
D: 87 cm
H: 87 cm
Wt: 23 kg
Cbm: 0.65 cbm
Sh: 42 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 A-Chair embodies Risom’s view that every design should be driven by a purpose. When it comes to sitting and socialising for hours, the A-Chair is a comfort-conscious solution comprised of a curved shaped back that utterly invites you to relax and stay a while. Styled with an A-frame back support that cradles the entire chair while adding a signature design detail.

The graceful lines coupled with the loose seat cushion make this foam-filled chair even more appealing for any modern-day private residence, hotel, corporate lobby, reception area, club, cocktail bar or restaurant.

In addition to our vast array of fabrics and leathers for the upholstery, you can personalize the chair with a choice of materials for the sculptured base, from walnut, natural oak and black oak to black steel.

The A-Chair was originally designed by Risom in 1961 and is available from Fredericia as of 2019.

The A-Chair Wood Base is not available in US

Jens Risom 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.

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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.