Jens Risom, one of the last living pioneers of mid century modern design, died on Friday at his home in New Caanan, Connecticut. He was 100.
Danish-born Risom moved to the US in 1939 at the age of 23, and just a few years later was instrumental in Knoll's debut furniture collection, designing 15 of the 20 pieces for the 1942 catalog. Many were reissued by the company in 1994.
Risom's Scandinavian design aesthetic helped usher American furniture into the mid century style. One of his most notable contributions is his minimal lounge chair, which is crafted from a simple maple frame and discarded military parachute straps.
- Midcentury Modern Design Pioneer Jens Risom Dies | Co.Design