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Friso Kramer for Wilkhahn, WKH chair, model no 210/1
Friso Kramer for Wilkhahn, WKH chair, model no 210/1
Friso Kramer for Wilkhahn, WKH chair, model no 210/1

Friso Kramer for Wilkhahn, WKH chair, model no 210/1

Friso Kramer for Wilkhahn, Eimbeckhausen (D), WKH chair, model no 210/1
Very rare chair. Marked underneath Wilkhahn.
Stained beech legs, moulded polymer rails, seat and backrest.
Measurements: HxWxD 80x46x49 cm, seat height 47 cm

The chair was in production for just a short time. There is one in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and one in Friso Kramer’s home. Perhaps this is the third one.

When he was working for Wilkhahn Friso Kramer envisaged a chair which would, for the first time, combine the materials wood and polyester - both materials that were familiar to Wilkhahn.
Although Kramer’s intention was to use laminated wood, because solid wood in combination with polyester would inevitably lead to a less logical construction, he eventually agreed - for assortment reasons - to use solid wood instead.
One of the basic ideas was that the wood should need no transverse reinforcements, because the rigidity of the chair was to be obtained by the polyester mold sandwiched between the exterior wooden forms. What would have been feasible with laminated wood did not prove possible with solid wood. The combination polyester/solid wood, using comtemporary glues, proved insufficiently durable. The chair was designed in 1967, production was discontinued after a short time, although as an innovative design its importance was no less than that of the Revolt chair.

Literature:
- Stoelen: Nederlandse ontwerpen 1945-1985 / Peter Vöge en Bab Westerveld, 1986.
- Catalogus Friso Kramer. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1978
- The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NAi publishers, 2004,  pag 220

There is a small damage in the polyester of the backrest. We know a professional restorer who can refinish this damage. The buyer can choose for the chair with or without restoration.
Provenance:  Collection Bram van den Berg, architect for Bas van Pelt, The Hague, Netherlands
Price: 2500 euro. More photos on request.

Locatie: Den Haag