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.
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.