Knoll-Sponsored Exhibit, “The Answer is Risom,” Celebrates Jens Risom Designs
January 15, 2014
A new exhibit, "The Answer is Risom," currently on display at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut, celebrates designs by Jens Risom, including furniture pieces designed for Knoll.
The exhibit chronicles Risom’s 70-year career, beginning with his first furniture designs for Knoll in 1941. “Risom made his mark on the design world with his signature chairs, whose simple and elegant design incorporated surplus parachute straps into a birch frame and lead to the development of the Jen Risom Collection, which was featured in the company's first catalog.”
In the 1960's, Jens Risom was recognized alongside Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia as one of the designers who were "revolutionizing furniture in America." Examples of his designs are found in many major institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery.
“Throughout the decades, Risom's work has continued to reflect our human need for warmth, beauty, and simplicity,” writes Silvermine Arts Center.
"Good design means that anything which is good by itself will go with other things,” Risom said of his approach to interiors.
A longtime resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, Risom is a trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design and was knighted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark in 1996. “The Answer is Risom” will be on display at the Silvermine Arts Center, located at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan, Connecticut through February 16, 2014. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12pm to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.