EAST GREENVILLE, Pa., March 7, 2018 -- Knoll, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of branded furniture, textiles and leathers, has introduced the Risom Outdoor Collection. Designed by Jens Risom in 1943, his first collection of chairs and tables, characterized by the use of cost-effective wartime materials, has since been used for every application imaginable, from the home to the workplace to the hospitality environment. Honoring the collection’s enduring design, selected classics from Risom’s original collection have been re-engineered for outdoor use.
The Risom Outdoor Collection includes a lounge chair without arms, a side chair, a completely new ottoman, and a square and round side table. These longstanding icons are now offered in teak wood, designed to resist the elements. The Risom Outdoor Collection further expands the Knoll outdoor portfolio, joining the ranks of the Richard Schultz 1966 Collection and the Eero Saarinen Outdoor Collection, as well as contemporary outdoor designs by David Adjaye, Johnathan Olivares, and Daniel Stromborg.
The Risom Side Chair and the Lounge Chair are constructed with Sunbrella® fabric webbing. Sunbrella fabrics are made with chemical-resistant fibers that are saturated with UV-stabilized pigments before they are spun into yarn. The result is a fabric that does not fade overtime from excessive exposure to sunlight. Furthermore, because of the fabric’s non-traditional dying methods, Sunbrella can be cleaned with almost any household product without damaging the material. Webbing will be offered in 6 distinct colors: charcoal, navy, ochre, carbon, antique beige, and fern.
The Risom combination of teak and Sunbrella complements any outdoor space, without compromising the simplicity and organic vocabulary of the original designs. One of the first to import Scandinavian design principles to the U.S., Jens Risom was part of a new vanguard that helped establish post-war America’s leadership role in modern furniture design and manufacturing. The Risom Outdoor Collection captures that very spirit.
Knoll, Inc. is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Our internationally recognized portfolio includes furniture, textiles, leathers, accessories, and architectural and acoustical elements brands. These brands — Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck | FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, HOLLY HUNT, DatesWeiser and Muuto — reflect our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high performance workplaces and luxury interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll, Inc. is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification. Knoll, Inc. is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.
About Sunbrella Fabrics
Sunbrella has revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an inspired palette of colors, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabrics give consumers, designers and architects the materials they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, indoor upholstery, outdoor upholstery, commercial and contract applications. Versatile in style and function, Sunbrella fabrics create welcoming spaces indoors and out, offering durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning. They also offer peace of mind; Sunbrella fabrics have achieved GREENGUARD Gold certification as contributing to healthy indoor air quality.
Introduced in 1961, Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, Inc., a 138-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide.