Design Within Reach recently collaborated with Jens Risom to bring the Risom Desk (2012) – “the little one,” as he calls it – back into production in North America. Originally designed in 1968 for his own home in New Canaan, Conn., this small-space solution “is really a writing surface,” says Risom. “Let’s just call it a ‘desk’ in quotations.” Crafted of solid American walnut or oak and rich black or chocolate leather, “it’s a handsome piece of decoration at which you sit, at which you study, at which you read books ... if people do that any more.” The drawer interior has a removable solid wooden tray for desk supplies. Ships fully assembled. Made in U.S.A.
Manufacturer: Design Within Reach
About Jens Risom
Known for introducing a minimalist, Scandinavian aesthetic to the United States in the 1930s, Jens Risom has been canonized as a master of mid-century modern design. Clean lines, light wood, and monochromatic upholstery characterize Risom’s signature style. After catching the attention of the well-known furniture dealer Hans Knoll in the early 1940s, Risom designed the first 15 pieces of the collection that launched Knoll’s renowned business. Risom later went on to establish his own namesake furniture collection, which became a household fixture. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson famously selected one of Risom’s chairs for the Oval Office.
Danish-American, b. 1916, Copenhagen, Denmark