The Dutchman Friso Kramer was born in 1922. His work embodies the national design style of his generation. His industrial designs feel familiar and flawless. Kramer’s ideas and creations have consistently worked to propel the modernist aesthetic of the Netherlands.
Kramer was an influential member of the “Goed Wonen” (“Good Living”) foundation in the 50s, a group committed to restoring the country’s war-damaged quality of life. Their goal was to create a new authentic style, a new identity for the country. Friso created a series of chairs, contructed from plywood and molded steel for furniture company ’De Cirkel’. The ‘Revolt Chair’ was born. It became an instant classic and a signature piece for ,Goed Wonen’. At the 1954 Milan Triennial, this particular chair became a popular icon for the Dutch style.
Throughout the 1950s Kramer taught at The Hague Academy for the Visual Arts. His courses ran on Friday nights and throughout the day on Saturday, attracting a broader range of people than a traditional school.
In 1963 he helped establish the group Total Design, which was a great success. With the aim to “develop and execute ideas on design in all fields, in order, where possible, to achieve a unity of ideas, or ‘total design’ in these fields,” the group took on a number of commissions and projects before Kramer left in 1967.