Friso Kramer chairs

In honor of Dutch designer Friso Kramer’s 90th birthday, the Galerie Catherine Houard in Paris has mounted an important retrospective of his work. A founding partner of the Total Design Bureau and a member of the ‘Goed Wonen’ foundation in the 1950’s, whose aim it was to move away from “the lack of style, scarcity of material and the housing shortage” caused by the destruction of WWII, Kramer designed his celebrated ‘Revolt’ chair in 1953 for the company De Cirkel. It became a popular icon of the emerging Modernist Dutch style and attracted widespread acclaim at the 1954 Milan Triennale. A retrospective of Kramer’s work was held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1977 and an exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam in 1991.

This ‘Revolt’ Chair with writing tablet (1953), made in molded plywood with a bent sheet metal frame was inspired by the plywood chairs of Eames and Jacobsen but has industrial qualities more akin to Jean Prouve’s aesthetics. The legs are not metal tubes, as in most designs of the period, but folded sheet metal. The model has been used in schools for several decades now.

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