“In Block Island we are surrounded by the water, we are part of the environment. Weather and the land and the water all really work together, much like furniture and design and textiles.”
Sven Risom, the youngest of Jens’ four sons
Built in 1967, Jens Risom’s summer house on Block Island is nearly as iconic as the furniture that made his name. The first pre-fab building on the island, it was never expected by anybody but Jens himself to last longer than its first year but – as with much of his work – it has stood the test of time: with its expansive glass walls, open plan layout, incredible vaulted ceiling and simplistic design, it looks as strikingly contemporary today as it did upon its completion over 50 years ago.