REVOLT / Story
Originally created by Friso Kramer while working at Ahrend in the 1950s, the Revolt Chair has been relaunched by HAY together with Ahrend. One of Friso Kramer’s most famous designs, the Revolt Chair embodies his distinctive minimalist style; a revolutionary design and choice of materials that uses a bent sheet steel frame instead of a traditional tubular frame. Reproduced today using the same process, the chair retains the functionality and resilient construction of its mid-century precursor, but in a sustainable material choice comprising a mix of recycled post-consumer and virgin ABS material in different colour options. A dynamic and flexible chair, Revolt’s ergonomic design moves with its user, offering active support while working, eating or sitting in conferences. Its comfort, durability and timeless aesthetics make it suitable for using in a wide variety of private, corporate or public spaces.
Friso Kramer was born in Amsterdam in 1922. After graduating in Interior Design from the Institute of Applied Arts in Amsterdam, he worked as a designer from 1948-1963 at De Cirkel, a manufacturer of steel furniture that had merged with the Ahrend group in 1939. He ended up being Art Director of the Ahrend Group from 1971-1983. Notable designs include his two concrete benches with low and high backs designed for public spaces, the Revolt Chair in 1953 and the Result Chair he designed together with Wim Rietveld in 1958.
Alongside his design work Friso Kramer also had many administrative roles in art and design institutions and academies in his homeland and overseas. He also lectured at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in The Hague. Together with Ahrend, HAY has reproduced the Result and Revolt Chair.