|Creator:||Jens Risom Design, Inc.|
|Title:||Jens Risom Design, Inc. Records|
|Quantity:||1.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||American manufacturer of residential and office furniture, founded in 1946 by Danish-American designer Jens Risom. Collection includes furniture catalogs (1951-1969), price lists (1949-1969), photographs, and scrapbooks of furniture designs.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Jens Risom (1916- ) is a Danish-born American industrial designer known for his modern furniture.
Born in Copenhagen, the son of Danish architect Sven Risom, Risom studied in Copenhagen at the School for Arts and Crafts. He came to the United States in 1939 and began doing freelance design work for architects and companies such as Oak Knoll. During World War II he served with General George Patton's Third Army, but after the war, in 1946, he opened his own design firm, Jens Risom Design Inc. (JRD). For nearly thirty years JRD designed and sold high-quality modern furniture but in 1970, wanting to explore new areas of work, Risom sold the company. A few years later, in 1973, Risom opened a new firm called Design Control whose clients include the Howe Furniture Company and Gaylord (library furniture and supplies).
Risom's work is in the permanent collections of museums across the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian. He has received numerous awards and honors such as the Russel Wright Award, the Brooklyn Museum/Modernism Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, and an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design (of which he has been a trustee since 1970). In 1996 he received the prestigious Danish Knight’s Cross from Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
The Jens Risom Design, Inc. Records contains notebooks of furniture design sketches and catalogs of JRD furniture.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Jens Risom Design, Inc. Records
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Jens Risom, 1970.
Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 17 Feb 1978
Revision history: 5 May 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)
|Box 1||Furniture catalogs 1951-1969, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Price lists 1949-1969 (2 folder)|
|Box 1||Photographs undated|
|Box 1||Floor plan of Poulsen/Risom display, Chicago 1969|
|Oversize 1||Scrapbooks of furniture design drawings undated (2 volumes)|