Friso Kramer 1922 –

He was born in 1922 as son of the architect Piet Kramer, one of the leading exponents of the Amsterdam School. Trained for interior design at the Institute of Applied Art in Amsterdam. Friso Kramer was employed at the Circle (a factory of steel office furniture which later merged with Ahrend) from 1947 till 1963. In 1953 he designed the Revolt school chair with an folded metal steel frame and a Cirahflex (a new synthetic phenolic resin squeezed paper-based material) plastic seat and back rest. Important to Friso Kramer was that the aesthetics of a design result logically from the function. His designs are always Ergonomic and comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. He work is often compared with the work of Jean Prouvé. Together with Wim Crouwel in 1963 he founded the Association of Total Design. In the late sixties he worked on a freelance basis for companies such as Wilkhahn, Auping, De Bijenkorf and PTT. From 1971 to 1983 he again worked for the Ahrend Group. His designs are in many museums in the Netherlands and abroad.


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