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Friso Kramer

Friso Kramer

Dutch Industrial Designer of the First Generation

Friso Kramer is a Dutch interior designer, who has significantly influenced the development of modern Dutch design with his own designs. He studied in Amsterdam and worked for renowned architectural firms after his studies.

In 1953 he designed his most famous piece of furniture, the Revolt chair. For the shape, Friso was obviously influenced by the chairs of the Plywood Group by Charles & Ray Eames. Instead of using the traditional bent steel pipes for the legs, Kramer used plastic, that was coated with steel. This method was inexpensive and easy to produce, which is why Revolt was among the first chairs to be manufactured industrially. The Chair was a best seller and quickly found its way into classrooms, offices and apartments around the world.

His courage to experiment with innovative materials makes him the Dutch industrial designer of the first generation and influences many industrial designers. In 1979, Friso Kramer was awarded the 'Royal Designer for Industry' by RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).