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“Industrial design is the place where art and industry intersect, answering people’s needs for products that are useful and the desire that these products be pleasing to the senses. The industrial designer’s role is to reconcile, with sensitivity and style, these needs and desires with the capabilities of industrial production.”

Dan Cramer established the Cramer Studio in 1982 after earning an MFA in the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s internationally recognized program in Design. The Studio designs and develops production- and one of-a-kind furniture for health care, corporate and residential interiors, and cabinetry for fine audio equipment.

Cramer’s work has won wide attention. He has been honored with two International Design Resource Awards for environmentally responsible consumer products. His Molti group, designed in 2000 for Gunlocke, is the best selling line of chairs in the company’s 109-year history. The Soltice collection for KI, designed in a collaboration begun in 2004 with Paul James, won the 2005 Nightingale Award, and the Roscoe and a Best of NeoCon awards in 2006. Continuing as a team, their Arrisa seating for KI received the Nightingale and a Roscoe in 2008, and their Vili group, for Gunlocke, a gold Best of NeoCon award in 2009.

Granted numerous design patents, Cramer’s work has been published in many international design journals and exhibited around the world. An accomplished craftsman, he is widely traveled and is a popular teacher, serving as Adjunct Faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. And he is a serious jazz fan.

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