The German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer didn’t just translate the new principles of construction and design which arose in the inter-war years into his architecture, furniture and industrial designs, he was also a very eloquent writer on such matters, and thus helped, and continues to help, explain the motivations behind, and fascination with, functionalist ideals.

The Kramer Principle Design for Variable Use Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt am Main Chair B 403 Thonet

Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modernes Paris 1925

“What is the Paris Exposition?”, asked Roger Gilman in the September 1925 edition of The Art Bulletin, “It is a

Charles Eames US Patent Nr 2,969,831 Side Flexing Shock Mount

“In the development and designing of furniture one prevailing problem is the means for securing parts of the furniture together

philippe starck portrait Jean-Baptiste Mondino

A few years ago the (smow) blog telephone rang….. “Good morning is it possible to speak to Philippe Starck please?”

There are those, charlatans one must say, who claim that design only exists in the here and now, that design