Jens Risom, ‘Risom Rocker’, 2009, Design Within Reach
Jens Risom, ‘Risom Rocker’, 2009, Design Within Reach
Jens Risom, ‘Risom Rocker’, 2009, Design Within Reach

The Risom Rocker (2009) came about when he approached us with an idea for an upholstered rocking chair with a high back and sculpted armrests for superb head and arm support and comfort. This piece has a deep, smooth and balanced feeling thanks to a hidden counterweight precisely placed in the front rail. It’s adorned with a nine-button tufted back, a nod toward the classic Danish modern aesthetic that can be found in all his work. Made in U.S.A.

Fabric: Maharam Milestone (Lychee, Tiger Lily): 78% post-industrial recycled polyester, 15% polyester, 7% nylon. Ducale Wool (Charcoal, Robins Egg): 78% wool, 9% linen, 8% alpaca, 5% nylon.

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

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