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Theban Daybed

c. 1925/2012

by Ferdinand Kramer
for e15

Theban daybed is part of a collec­tion of furni­ture designed by acclaimed modernist archi­tect Ferdi­nand Kramer in the mid 1920s and devel­oped for the designer’s New Frank­furt” housing project in Germany. Working closely with Kramer’s family and archives, e15 has recently reis­sued this collec­tion in 2012.

The Theban daybed is produced in solid Euro­pean waxed oak or walnut. The reclin­ing hori­zon­tal expanse features a choice of gray woven linen or natural or mocha leather bands – the latter will natu­rally patina over time due to both climate and expo­sure to sunlight. The woven bands of linen or leather are supported by a sub-frame that only enhances comfort when it is used. Kramer imple­mented the use of these woven bands in the Aswan stool and the Karnak chair as well, also avail­able as part of our collection.

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Ferdinand Kramer

Germany (1898–1985)

An architect, interior designer, and furniture designer, Ferdinand Kramer is best known for his minimalist and functional designs. Born in 1898 in Frankfurt, Germany Kramer spent the first few years of his adult life as a soldier in World War I. After the war he studied for a few months at the Bauhaus before leaving to continue his education in Munich with Theodor Fischer. During his early career, Kramer created furniture designs for Thonet as well as product designs, including metal utensils and the Kramer Oven. Between 1925-1930 he worked with Ernest May designing housing projects in New Frankfurt. Kramer left Germany in 1938 due to the upcoming Nazi terror. World War II broke out the following year and he emigrated to the United States. While in the U.S. He developed the knock-down foldable furniture that is a large part of his design legacy. After returning to Germany in 1952, Kramer became the director of building for the Goethe University in Frankfurt, over his tenure Kramer designed 23 buildings for the university. His work shaped the architecture of the largest university in Frankfurt.

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