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Designer: Jens Risom, American, born Denmark, 1916–2016
Manufacturer: Knoll Inc., American, founded 1938

Side chair, “650 Line”

designed 1941, manufactured 1943–ca. 1960; this example 1949–51

Probably birch and leather

30 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 20 in. (77.47 × 44.45 × 50.8 cm)
Gift of Jens Risom
Danish designer Jens Risom was an important early collaborator with the German-born furniture manufacturer Hans Knoll. This chair was the first design resulting from their partnership to go into production. During World War II, Risom focused on designing furniture out of noncritical materials that could be sold in a wartime market. The leather lacing on the seat was a more expensive feature than the cotton army-surplus webbing that was typically used on these chairs.
Designed in New York, New York
Manufactured in New York, New York
By appointment
20th century

Jens Risom, New Canaan, Conn., 1949-51 to 2003


“Acquisitions 2003,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 128–29, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 395, no. 279.

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