Jens Risom 'Playboy' Armchairs in Walnut and Black Leather
Jens Risom, 'Playboy' C140 armchairs, walnut, black leather, United States, design 1958, production 1960s.
These Classic "Playboy" walnut armchairs by Jens Risom feature black leather on back and seat. The chairs stands out by means of their high level of craftsmanship and delicate, sweeping armrests and wide seat. The chairs have a certain grandeur thanks to their sculpted forms and size. The grain of the walnut highlights the beauty and sculptural qualities of materials. This set and the execution of this set is exceptional and of a very high quality. The nickname of this set of chairs derives from the use of this type of chair in the July 1961 issue of Playboy Magazine.
Jens Risom (1916–2016) was a Danish born Designer who moved to the United States and introduced Danish modern design. When Jens Risom moved to New York, he met Hans Knoll, which was the beginning of an extraordinary collaboration. Together, Knoll and Risom, brought a fresh new style to the interiors of offices and homes of North America. Risom was the first designer who worked for Knoll. As Hans Knoll's business started while the United States entered the second world war, Risom was put to the Challenge of finding factories and workshops which didn't qualify for war production. In fact in the 650 line, rejected parachute straps we're inserted. Shortly after Risom's production of the 650 line, he joined the military service as a translator. When Risom came back to Knoll, the company completely changed under the influence of Florence Knoll. Jens Risom decided then that it was his time to leave and begin his new practice, Jens Risom Design.