Bert Kramer

Bert Kramer


As a designer of small-scale architecture, Kramer uses possibilities offered by technology, material, form and function from all times. This sounds fairly general, is it not that this thought results from inclusive thinking and does not focus on contemporary technology or qualifying “that what used to be” as better.
Kramer tries to understand material and craft, and thus be part of a continuous stream of thoughts and actions that repeat themselves over time and generations.

I am no more than a mutant. My work is an example of this.

By applying consciously chosen techniques to transform the meaning of material, the resulting object acquires a new approach for the user.

In recent projects, Kramer has worked with rhythmic repetition of architectural elements and the stacking of material. Last year, for example, Kramer made a huge room divider by blowing up a large inflatable in the atrium of a secondary school, and he designed a small office, resembling a factory building, in the garden of a photographer.


An abandoned bench in disuse.
By placing a number of tree trunks on the concrete base of the bench the image of a horizontal tree is created. The burnt wood not only transforms the tree, but also slows the proces of decay. This proces of transformation creates space for mutation.
It invites you to sit on it, to enjoy the view and at the same time to try and figure out what makes it furniture or a sculpture? Does it fit in its environment from the perspective of the user or is it a logical element in its context? Or is it simply a beautiful story seeking its own truth? While sitting and reflecting, the user becomes part of the transformation.

Thoughts that inspired this work are:
Everything is in motion and is constantly transforming, we as spectators are only ‘there’ for a short moment to observe.