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Rare Friso Kramer "Rotunda" Table for Ahrend de Cirkel

$1,495

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Rare "Rotunda" coffee table by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel - black enameled metal base with magazine shelf, glass top and fat rubber feet. In original condition with signs of wear to black enamel frame and scratches on glass. Wear is consistent with its age and use.

Details

  • Creator
    Ahrend de Cirkel (Manufacturer),Friso Kramer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Diameter: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Glass,Steel,Enameled
  • Place of Origin
    Netherlands
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: T324 BF1stDibs: LU922425860952

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Friso Kramer

Through both his bold furniture designs and his teaching and administrative positions within the architecture and design industries, the solution-oriented Friso Kramer helped elevate industrial design to a venerated place in the modernist canon.

While the mid-century years saw no shortage of function-minded modernists, Kramer may have been the most extreme of them. “If form does not contribute to the function, it has no right to exist,” the Dutch designer once said. Born in Amsterdam in 1922 to the pioneering architect Piet Kramer, Friso studied architecture, industrial design, electrical engineering and interior design. He cut his teeth in the studios of architect Jan Piet Kloos and interior designer Frans Paulussen, then, in 1948, went to work as a designer at the steel furniture manufacturer De Cirkel (part of the Ahrend group), where he would design some of his best-known work.

The 1953 Revolt chair, which is among his most celebrated seating and a darling of Dutch mid-century modernism, embodied Kramer’s function-first design; its skeletal, industrial form provides for maximum comfort and ergonomic support with minimal material. He joined forces with Wim Rietveld, son of celebrated Dutch modernist Gerrit Rietveld, for the 1958 Result chair, which married elements of the Revolt with forms from Rietveld’s Pyramid series. Kramer found numerous ways to riff on and perfect his brand of minimalism: The 1960 Resort and Repose armchairs demonstrate how he slightly tweaked the skeletal frames for different postures and uses.

In 1963, Kramer left Ahrend to found Total Design Studio with Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing and Paul and Dick Schwartz. The firm grouped graphic, industrial and spatial design under one roof with the shared belief in functionalism. Though Total Design Studio is still in business today, Kramer left the company to return to Ahrend in 1971, serving as art director until 1983. Following Kramer’s death in 2019, Ahrend teamed up with Danish design brand HAY to relaunch the Result and Revolt chairs.

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