The Dutch master of design Friso Kramer was a vital driving force behind the development of Netherlands’ modern design aesthetics. In the 1950s, he was a member of the “Goed Wonen” or ‘Good Living’ foundation that aimed to reinstate the prewar quality of life. He was also presented with the distinction ‘Royal Designer for Industry by the British Royal Society of Arts.
Kramer’s molded plywood and steel Revolt Chair (1953; Krame Chair) is held up as being representative of the Dutch modernist style. It was considered very innovative when it was first introduced, garnering accolades at the 1954 Milan Triennale, the prestigious world design fair. The Revolt Chair was reintroduced in 2004 after years of it not being in production and the chair still holds an abiding appeal that ensures it fits in all environments.
The chair shown above is a replica chair.
Illustrious Norwegian interior designer Fredrik Kayser’s Model 711 (1960; Emerson Sofa in various armchair or seater options) stands out amongst his body of award-winning work and has retained its light, timeless looks over the years, fitting in both traditional and contemporary decors.
Charles and Ray Eames' Molded Plastic Chairs (1948-1950) were the first plastic chairs to be industrially manufactured, including the Desmond Chair, the Rada Armchair and the Maja Rocking Chair with its uncovered, cup-like seats and iconic wood and wire rocker bases.
The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue.