The iconic Frankfurt table by Ferdinand Kramer is an especially significant example of his progressive and enduring designs, which surpass through their simplicity and function. Designed in 1959 as part of the “Knock-Down” series for the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, the precise form with the signature corner detail accentuates the unique character of the table. The triangle connection is an equally stabilizing factor. With a table top in CPL-coated MDF or lacquered oak-veneer the re-edition offers a variety of finishes. The subframe is made from powder-coated steel and is available in silk grey. Frankfurt is ideally suited as a working desk, conference or dining table and is especially complemented with the Houdini chairs from the e15 collection. The table is delivered in five parts.
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.