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Revolt Chair

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Created by Dutch industrial designer Friso Kramer (1922–2019) in 1953, the lightweight, simple, curved sheet steel and plastic four-legged Revolt chair is among the Netherlands’ most revered pieces of furniture, and yet its author remains relatively unknown. Kramer’s works shaped many different spheres of Dutch life, from mailboxes to streetlights to furniture, and revolutionized postwar design. According to him, “If form does not contribute to function, it has no right to exist.”


Friso Kramer was the son of famous architect Piet Kramer and got his own start studying architecture and interior design at Amsterdam’s Institute of Applied Art. After 1948, Kramer worked as a designer at furniture manufacturer Ahrend de Cirkel and later cofounded the highly influential design studio Total Design. In the 1950s, Kramer became involved in the Stichting Goed Wonen (Good Living Foundation), whose mission was to aid with reconstruction after the war and to improve the general lack of style and materials during this time. It was also during this time that he began designing several metal and plastic chairs, among them the Revolt chair, which became one of the first mass-produced pieces of furniture and a darling of Dutch mid-century modernism.


The Revolt chair was exhibited at the Milan Triennial in 1954. Its construction reflected modern-day research in ergonomics and was widely used in private homes as well as public spaces. Over time, the versatile Revolt chair has become one of Kramer’s most recognizable designs. Following a couple of relaunches, it is still in production today by Royal Ahrend.


Examples of the Revolt chair are in the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, which devoted an exhibition to Kramer’s work in 1991. Kramer’s contribution to postwar design was honored with the title Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1979.

Friso Kramer Revolt Chair

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Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Chairs "Revolt" by Friso Kramer for Ahrend
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The Revolt chair was designed by Friso Kramer in 1953 and has since become an icon of Dutch Design. The chairs used to be omnipresent in government buildings and universities. Nowada...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Friso Kramer Plywood 'Revolt' Chair
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Midcentury Friso Kramer 'Revolt' chair with lightly refinished plywood seating on light grey enameled metal frame. Frame in original condition with visible scratches and wear consist...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

4 Matching Black Drafting Working Stools by Friso Kramer, Ahrend De Cirkel, 1960
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
A hard to find matching set of 4 drafting and swivelling University working stools by Dutch industrial designer Friso Kramer for Ahrend De Cirkel, designed in 1960 The black ename...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Industrial Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer "Resort" Office Desk Chair
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original Friso Kramer 'Resort' black enameled metal frame and red upholstery. In very original condition with visible wear and patina consistent with it's age and use.
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of Two Plywood Revolt Chairs with White Arms, by Friso Kramer, Netherlands
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in London, GB
*** Please contact us for availability of this piece. *** Set of two plywood revolt chairs with white arms by Friso Kramer (1922-2019) for Ahrend, Netherlands. Designed in 1953, th...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

1950s Friso Kramer ‘Revolt’ Galvanized Chair for Ahrend Set of 6
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
One set of six revolt dining chairs by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel. This set is made in galvanized metal for five pieces, ment to use as well indoor as outdoor. 1 chair has a w...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal, Metal

Set of Four Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs, 1953
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of four chairs, model Revolt, designed by Friso Kramer in 1953. Manufactured by Ahrend de Cirkel (Netherlands) in 1953. Profiled sheet lacquered metal, Ciranol laminate seat an...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Set of Eight Revolt Chairs
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of eight chairs, model Revolt, plywood and metal, by Friso Kramer for Ahrend De Cirkel, the Netherlands, 1953. Eight blue lacquered Revolt chairs by Friso Kramer. The frame is...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Rare Color White / Pink Friso Kramer "Revolt" Industrial Chair - 10 available
By Friso Kramer
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This is a very rare color setting of an off-white (opal) seat and back combined with a difficult to describe burgundy-red to salmon-pink colored base. This is a highly innovative ico...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Sheet Metal

Set of Six Friso Kramer Result School Chairs Plywood and Black Frame, 1962
By Friso Kramer, Wim Rietveld, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Beek en Donk, NL
Set of six original Result (dining / school) chairs produced in 1962 (stamped underneath the seating) by Ahrend de Cirkel. These industrial midcentury brown plywood and black folded ...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Set of Six Friso Kramer 'Revolt' Dining Chairs
By Friso Kramer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Revolt chair, originally designed in 1953 by the Dutch industrial designer Friso Kramer, is a true design cult Classic. Exhibited in the Triennale di Milano in 1954. Winner...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of 6 Friso Kramer Upholstered "Result" Chairs
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 6 black "Result" chairs by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel. Newly upholstered with solid black canvas on original grey enameled metal frames with moderate wear consistent wi...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Uni Colour Revolt Chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1953 Blue
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Extremely rare set of 6 Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 195...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1953 Black Colors
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice set of 4 Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958. The cha...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt for Th Delft by Ahrend de Cirkel, 1958
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare first production Revolt chair designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. This chair was made for the TH delft who commissioned Friso Kramer and Ahrend to decor...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Extremely Rare Set of 8 Friso Kramer 'theatre' Chairs with Fold Up Seats
By Friso Kramer
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
In 1959 Friso Kramer transformed his 1953 Revolt chair into his absolute masterpiece, the 'theatre" chair, a Revolt chair that was linkable, stackable with a fold up seat for use mai...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Industrial Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Friso Kramer Blue Revolt Chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel, Netherlands
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in RHEEZERVEEN, Overijssel
Revolt chairs in a warm color blue by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel. A true design icon, which is still produced by Ahrend de Cirkel and highly appreciated among collectors. The ...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Rare Friso Kramer "Revolt" Chairs in Burgundy Red and Grey
By Friso Kramer
Located in The Hague, NL
Rare Friso Kramer "Revolt" chairs in burgundy red and grey Friso Kramer "revolt" chairs by Ahrend de Cirkel designed in 1953, these are early productions. In Grey and Burgundy ena...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Rare Set of Six Early Edition Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Originally designed in 1953 by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel. The Revolt is widely considered by the Dutch to be the perfect chair. A system of folding sheet steel was developed ...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Rare Set of Six Early Edition Friso Kramer Bone White Revolt Chairs
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Originally designed in 1953 by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel. The Revolt chair is widely considered by the Dutch to be the perfect chair. A system of folding sheet steel was deve...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Sheet Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs Set 1953 Black Blue Liver Colors
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice set of six Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958. The c...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Folding Chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel 1953
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super rare set of Revolt folding chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt chairs wood for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1963
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super nice set of eight revolt dining chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland, 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production starte...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs by Ahrend de Cirkel, Netherlands, 1960
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Dining chairs by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel (1958) in various color combinations. Folded metal frames in light grey or black with ciranol or melamine seat and back panels in v...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs Set 1953 Blue Grey White
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice set of four Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland, 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958. The...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt for TH Delft by Ahrend de Cirkel 1958 Arms
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare first production Revolt armchair designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland, 1953. This chair was made for the TH Delft who commissioned Friso Kramer and Ahrend to d...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel 1953 Grey Colors
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice set of four Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958. The ...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chair with Arms for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1953
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice rare Revolt chair designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland, 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958. The chair h...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel 1953
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super and large set of Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Folding Chair for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1953
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare Revolt folding chair designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in 1958. The chair...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Revolt Chairs for Ahrend de Cirkel 1963
By Friso Kramer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super nice and scarce set 6 Revolt chairs designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Holland 1953. Though the Revolt chair was already designed in 1953, the production started in...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of Six Rare Salmon & Blue Friso Kramer 'Revolt' Chairs, 1958
By Friso Kramer
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Set of six 'Revolt' chairs with the original ciranol seats an rests in a very rare original dark salmon and blue colour combination, designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Ne...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer "Revolt" Chair in Black
By Ahrend de Cirkel, Friso Kramer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Friso Kramer "Revolt" chair for Ahrend de Cirkel designed in 1953. Light grey nearly white folded sheet metal frame with black melamine or ciranol laminate seat and back. Frame in ve...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Friso Kramer "Revolt" Industrial Dining or Work Table
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Industrial Enameled Grey Metal Frame with Faux Teak Wood Formica Top. In Original Condition with Visible Wear to Frame and Top. 7 Available.
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Metal

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