It’s no secret we’re big fans of Jens Risom here at Wallpaper*. While the late Danish designer has achieved iconic status in the US where he spent most of his career, he has been somewhat forgotten in Denmark, where he went to school with the likes of Hans Christian Wegner and Børge Mogensen.
With the opening of the Jens Risom room at the Hotel Alexandra, in what perhaps is Copenhagen’s cosiest (or as we say in Danish, hyggelig) place to stay, design promotion company Form Portfolios, who are bringing Risom's legacy back to life, are hoping to stir interest in the late designer in his country of birth.
The room is furnished with a cornucopia of some of Risom's most iconic pieces including the U-151 sofa; T710 side table; and the small T539 magazine table. Some of these are still in production today, while some have been bought vintage especially for the project. The hotel’s general manager, Jeppe Mühlhausen says his favourite is the 654 chair designed for Knoll in 1942. ‘The chair is made from wood and rejected parachute straps due to war material restrictions. I think this piece is so elegant and somehow warm at the same time.’