Born at the end of the 19th century in Frankfurt, Ferdinand Kramer became one of Germany's most important architects and functionalist designers. Initially trained at the Bauhaus, Kramer went on to complete a three year architectural study in Munich with Theodor Fischer. After returning to Frankfurt in 1922, he became focused on furniture design for Thonet.
From 1925 through 1930 Kramer worked for architect and civic planner, Ernst May, building and furnishing the housing projects of "New Frankfurt", and was a contributor to the second Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne, responsible for a series of events and congresses arranged around the world by the most prominent architects of the time, with the objective of spreading the principles of the Modern Movement between 1928 and 1959.
Due to his socially oriented works, Ferdinand Kramer is without a doubt regarded as one of the most significant architects and designers from the early period of modernism and post-war modernism. His designs represent many values, which have only been rediscovered in architecture and design in recent years. They include social relevance,enduring design, durability, adaptability, intelligent use of materials, functionality, practicality and elegance.
Kramer’s designs are still capable of fascinating their onlookers today as a result of radical modernity and absolute simplicity, which never seem clumsy or banal but instead are characterized by a special balance of dimensions and proportions, carefully selected materials, quality and practicality.
In 2012 e15 reissued a handful of Kramer's iconic furniture designs, such as the Karnak chair and matching Aswan stool, and the Calvert and Charlotte coffee tables, one of the earliest examples of flat-packed furniture that can be easily assembled in two different ways, giving a consumer the opportunity to choose.