Mid Century Design at Matèria
Jens Risom + Stellar Works
Mid-Century furniture is a term broadly used to define the design of Scandinavian origin that emerged after the Second World War. The style can be characterised as modern with a machined aesthetic that combines industrial manufacturing standards with craft sensibility. And most importantly of all the use of top quality materials. The work of Danish designer Jens Risom (1916 – 2016) exemplifies these qualities, with an added element that was forged in the United States where Risom emigrated to prior to the war. Some of his iconic furniture that are now on display at Matèria the design shop located in the Sant Gervasi-Galvany neighbourhood. The selected pieces have particular resonance at the current time with a work desk and shelving included in the exhibition for creating a stylish home office.
When it comes to furniture design the difference between seeing a piece in reality and online / or a catalogue is like day and night. In this regard the work of Risom does not disappoint with clean silhouettes, pristine surfaces and stylish combination of colours and finishes. The re-editions of selected pieces by Jens Risom are manufactured by Stella Works including such iconic pieces as the C140 chair in its original version (with a cane back); an historical piece of furniture given that it was selected by Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the US for the Oval Office in the White House who was seated on the chair when the signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Another of the pieces is the C142 with the upholstered back (by Kvadrat), both of theses chairs are available in ash and walnut wood.
Matèria kicks off its Autumn-Winter season with an exhibition of furniture and designs from the Risom collection, a tribute to one of the most recognised architects of the mid-20th century: Jens Risom.
Jens Risom was an acclaimed Danish-American furniture designer. An example of mid-century modern design. Risom became one of the first professionals to introduce the Scandinavian style to the United States. His work and vision of design continue to inspire us today and his legacy lives on.