Ferdinand Kramer's Karnak Chair is the classic example of paired back, modern simplicity, with an elegant and considered finish.
Designed in 1925, this edition of the Karnak chair is made from waxed solid oak with a comfortable woven textile seat. Despite its seemingly straight-lined appearance, the backrest is, in fact, subtly curved, giving it a pleasantly gentle look and feel.
About the Designer
Ferdinand Kramer is one of the most important architects and designers of the post-war modernist movement. Born in Frankfurt in 1898, Kramer trained at the Bauhaus, but quit a few months in, for a 3-year architectural programme in Munich. He retruend to Frankfurt in 1922 to join Thonet as a furniture designer. It was during this time that he came up with the concept for the Karnak Chair. He emeigrated to the US in 1938 where he exhibited some of his designs at the 1939 New York World Fair. He became a naturalised US citizen in 1945, but returned to Germany in 1952.
His works reflect the key philosophies of modernist design of socially relevant, functional and intelligent design that shares an elegant aesthetic.
In 2012, ahead of Kramer's 115th anniversary, a collection of his classic designs, including the Karnak chair, were re-issued in Germany and launched at the International Salone in Milan.