10 March 2015 // Laura de Wit //Amsterdam
This week I will share a little bit of history about a Dutch industrial design icon I find utterly interesting. It is truly a classic and one of the most sold chairs in Holland. It is a chair I look at with nostalgia since I spend most of my childhood sitting on it at primary school. And with me I think half the people in Holland.
The Revolt chair was already designed in 1953 by Friso Kramer and was groundbreaking in terms of the use of organically bending sheet steel for the frame instead of the commonly used steel tubes at that time. This technique resulted in a very steady chair consisting of only those parts that were needed to sit comfortably.
I think this design beautifully defines the power of a design that is created out of functionality while at the same time it succeeds in being aesthetically pleasing. Kramer explains he designs by leaving out any unnecessary details and he keeps developing until all things that could create irritation over time can be left out. So simple, yet so successful.
Ineke Hans made a remake of the Revolt chair in 2012 called the Ahrend 380