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Knoll ® Risom Ottoman


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Jens Risom Jens Risom  

Jens Risom b. Denmark, 1916 The first true Knoll designer, Jens Risom joined the young Hans Knoll Furniture Company in the early 1940s as the sole designer of interiors and furniture. Born in Denmark to the well-known architect Sven Risom, Jens worked in Stockholm for one year before graduating from the prestigious Kundstandvaerkerskolen in Copenhagen. Risom left Denmark for the United States in 1938 and, for two years, served as Director of Interior Design at the studio of Dan Cooper, Inc. in New York before starting a freelance career specializing in furniture and textiles. It was during this time that he met Hans Knoll. The pair collaborated on an exhibition for the New York World's Fair. Knoll asked Risom, who had been searching for a promoter and manufacturer, to help him design interiors for clients around New York. With Hans handling client relations and Jens planning interiors and designing furniture when needed, the pair began to take on more design projects. In 1942 they printed the first Knoll Catalog, which included 15 pieces designed by Risom — the very first furniture to be commissioned specifically by Knoll. Working ingeniously within the constraints of wartime material shortages, Risom developed several chairs and tables using essentially scraps of wood and rejected nylon straps from parachute production. Despite these constraints, Risom was able to design innovative and truly modern pieces of furniture, a selection of which were reintroduced by Knoll in 1994. In 1943, Risom left Knoll to join the U.S. Army. He returned to the United States in 1946 to launch his own design firm Jens Risom Design, which he ran until the early 1970s. After selling his company, Risom relocated to Connecticut and started a design consultancy firm. He is a trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design and was knighted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark in 1996.

Back in 1941, Danish designer Jens Risom created an exclusive collection for Knoll. Today, the entire collection, including the suave-looking Risom Stool's unique and modern design is just as relevant as ever. Working a lot with wood, Risom's signature style clearly comes through in this fun and modern stool. The Design Part of a larger collection, designed in 1941--the Risom Stool incorporates a natural aesthetic, characteristic of understated Scandinavian design. These luxurious stools are made of select maple or walnut hardwoods with a cotton or nylon webbed seat. Set them up in the living room or office for a polished accent. With many color options available, customize your Risom Stool so it reflects your personal taste and style, and meshes well with your home décor. *This product is made to order and thus customer orders cannot be canceled once the products go into production
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  • Sustainable design is a key component of Knoll's environmental focus. Knoll's commitment to social responsibility and a healthy environment has prompted the company to further articulate its longstanding environmental programs and, with encouragement and support from colleagues in the industry, Knoll has re-energized its focus on such ''green'' initiatives as life cycle analysis and LEED certification. Knoll is proud to have contributed to projects that have received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The Risom Stool is Greenguard certified
  • Mortise and tenon construction
  • Nylon webbing is 60% nylon, 40% cotton with stain-protective finish


  • Overall: 17.125" H x 16.5" W x 15.125" D

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  • Overall: 17.125" H x 16.5" W x 15.125" D


Product Type: Accent stool 
Frame Finish: Walnut
Pattern: Solid 
Style: Modern
Frame Material: Wood 
Number of Items Included: 1
Stain Resistant: Yes 
Upholstered: Yes
  • Tufted: No
  • Skirted: No
Nailhead Trim: No 
Storage Space Included: No
Swivel: No 
Base Type: Legs
Backed: No 
Eco-Friendly: Yes
Product Care: Clean wood with a dry, lint-free cloth. Wash once a year with a mild soap and water solution, rinse with damp cloth, and dry immediately with a dry, lint-free cloth. 
Country of Manufacture: United States


Greenguard Certified: Yes 
Note: This quality item is custom made for your order. Unfortunately, this means that orders cannot be cancelled or returned once placed, so please call our trained staff with any questions you may have prior to ordering - we will ensure that you get exactly what you need.
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 from Brooklyn, NY– Verified Buyer

It's worth getting the real thing when it comes to this stool. It's so beautiful and well-made, and has so many potential uses. We had them at the foot of our bed, and then used them for extra seating. They could also be an end table with a tray on top. I absolutely love them.

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 from Westchester, NY– Verified Buyer

I bought this stool for a dressing room where there was only a small amount of space but I needed a balanced seat, not tippy, and attractive. This choice couldn't have been more appropriate. I got the natural cotton with light wood, but all the colors and woods would make this seat fit nearly every color scheme and decor.

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