The e15 FK05 Charlotte Coffee Table is a modern masterpiece that is part of a collection of coffee tables designed by Ferdinand Kramer during his stay in America in 1951. The table is named after his artist friend, Charlotte Posenenske, and is known for its unique, rounded yet structurally significant design.
The table is part of Kramer’s successful “Knock-Down” series and is a timeless piece that boasts both sculptural qualities and contemporary relevance. Each component of the table is cut out of a single plywood sheet, much like a clothing pattern. This stunning piece is a testament to Kramer’s design ingenuity and remains a popular choice for those looking to add a touch of style and sophistication to their space.
Ferdinand Kramer was one of the first to study at the Bauhaus, but after just a few months, he returned deeply disappointed to Theodor Fischer at the Technical University in Munich, as there were still no regular architectural courses available at the Bauhaus.
Walter Gropius was distraught by the departure of this critical student: “...I am full of regret to hear that you have decided to leave Weimar with your friend due to resentment felt towards the Bauhaus,” he affirmed in his three-and-a-half page handwritten letter dated
15 October 1919, and refers to “a whole host of mis- understandings and incorrect assumptions” which lead to the trouble caused.
Ferdinand Kramer felt a deep, life-long connection to the Bauhaus people, to the young, internationally artistic avant-garde. He had also experienced the terror of the war first-hand. Now, it was time to plan, draft and establish for the people of a new democratic society, to critically analyse the existing features in all areas of life and to find new solutions for functions, materials and forms which correspond to the requirements and the attitude towards life of the time.
Author: Lore Kramer - taken from the booklet 'Lore About Ferdinand Kramer'. All images copyright of the Kramer Archive.