The Magazine Table was designed by Danish designer Jens Risom in 1949. This oak and beech veneer side table is a design classic, both sleek and functional. It will find its place near a sofa or an armchair, in a living room or a reading corner. Its integrated storage space will be perfect for displaying newspapers and magazines – hence its name: Magazine Table. It is available in 2 finishes: lacquered oak and black painted oak.
Material oak and beech veneer
Dimensions L40,5 x P47 x H57,5 cm
“Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things.”
Jens Risom (1916 - 2016) was a key figure who contributed to the Danish Modernism movement, considered the first designer to introduce a Scandinavian sense of aesthetics and focus on functionalism to America.
After studying design at the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design, Risom trained under Kaare Klint, who led the furniture school at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. An opportunity Risom shared alongside fellow icons-in-the-making Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen.
Years later a chance meeting with the United States consulate in Copenhagen changed his life forever. Risom showed the diplomat sketches of his designs and, as Risom recalls, he said: ‘You should seriously consider going to America. We don’t have any furniture like this. I think you’d do very well.’ ”
Soon thereafter at the age of 26, Risom moved to America and went on to make a name for himself with his stylish approach to timeless, functional designs and focus on natural materials.
“Comfort vs. function in furniture can be quickly resolved. A well-designed sofa settles the question in one sitting.”
Like many of our designers who have incorporated a global sense of aesthetics into their work, Risom interpreted Scandinavian design in an American context, seen in his A-Chair infused with a New York sense of style and confidence. Similarly, Mogensen’s Spanish Chair for the Danish and international market was imbued with Andalusian influences. And Wegner’s J16 Rocking chair was inspired by traditional Windsor and Shaker furniture.
Highlights from Risom’s career include his appearance in the July 1961 issue of Playboy magazine in a double-page spread entitled “Designs For Living”. Risom was chosen along with George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Edward Wormley as the designers “revolutionizing furniture in America” at the time.
”In judging furniture, appearances are usually inconclusive. For example, when sizing up a chair, do it sitting down.”
Many of Risom’s pieces appear as modern classics in leading design museums, such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art / MoMa and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, amongst others.
In 1966, Risom received the prestigious Danish Knight’s Cross from Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
Risom passed away in 2016 shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday.