Ahrend De Cirkel Friso Kramer Revolt-chair designed 1953
The Revolt chair was designed in 1953 by Dutch industrial designer Friso Kramer (1922-2019). Together with Wim Rietveld and Jean Prouvé, he was one of the leading designers of the 1950s.For Friso Kramer, the function of his designs was paramount; the form followed naturally. This makes him one of the precursors of 'form follows function', which even nowadays is still the motto of many important designers. Superfluous adornment was left behind by Friso Kramer. This led to simple, unobtrusive designs that were accessible to a broad public and suitable for mass production. The slender and indestructible Revolt chair is a textbook example of such a design. The 'form follows function' design of the chair was a design breakthrough and became the symbol of post-war modernism. Moreover, the
Revolt chair was one of the first pieces of furniture to be mass-produced. This production took place at furniture manufacturer Ahrend De Cirkel. How many Revolt chairs were made exactly is not known, but it must have been have been more than 100,000. Despite this mass production few chairs remain, because the chair was not appreciated for a long time precisely because of its simple design and was mostly
discarded, including by Ahrend De Cirkel itself, which took the chairs back after use. So the chair in our collection is a rare specimen. It wasn't until 2012 that Friso Kramer gained national recognition thanks to an exhibition of his work at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Produced in 1969, the chair in our collection has a black steel frame and a red Phenol (Bakelite) seat and back. The chair has no armrests.
- Mid-Century Modern
- Design Classic
Design and Manufacture
|Land:||The Netherlands NL|
|Designer or in the style of:||Kramer F. ( Friso )|
|Manufacturer:||Ahrend de Cirkel NL|
|Wide:||ca. 45 cm|
|Deep:||ca. 53 cm|
|High:||ca. 81 cm|
|Seat height:||ca. 44 cm|