Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic

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June 18, 2010
Originally published in The Energy Issue
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  Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic in his Munich studio. Photo by Oliver Mark.
    Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic in his Munich studio. Photo by Oliver Mark.
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  Konstantin Grcic’s work 
is approaching its 20th year in production. His first releases, in 1991, were the Tom Tom and Tam Tam side tables for SCP Ltd. They were re-released in 2009 with sliding mechanisms on their support columns. The result? Adjustable height built in.
    Konstantin Grcic’s work 
is approaching its 20th year in production. His first releases, in 1991, were the Tom Tom and Tam Tam side tables for SCP Ltd. They were re-released in 2009 with sliding mechanisms on their support columns. The result? Adjustable height built in.
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  Landen public seating for Vitra Edition, 2007.
    Landen public seating for Vitra Edition, 2007.
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  Grcic’s father favored antiques while his mother decorated the house with brightly colored 1960s art and objects. As a result, said Grcic, he was used to contrast. In his own work, he is always honing in on the essential. “It’s totally unconscious,” he says, of what we look for and respond to in design. He constantly observes as people interact with their environments. “It’s about how we sit in chairs. But it’s also who is the one sitting in that chair, and how and when.”
    Grcic’s father favored antiques while his mother decorated the house with brightly colored 1960s art and objects. As a result, said Grcic, he was used to contrast. In his own work, he is always honing in on the essential. “It’s totally unconscious,” he says, of what we look for and respond to in design. He constantly observes as people interact with their environments. “It’s about how we sit in chairs. But it’s also who is the one sitting in that chair, and how and when.”
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  The “terrace”, in his unassuming former factory space not far from the main train station in Munich, is a place where he and his cohorts can step outside for a breath of fresh air. A handful of classics as well as his own chairs—–like the Myto (foreground) and the Chair One (on the table at right)—–upstage the suddenly bashful designer.
    The “terrace”, in his unassuming former factory space not far from the main train station in Munich, is a place where he and his cohorts can step outside for a breath of fresh air. A handful of classics as well as his own chairs—–like the Myto (foreground) and the Chair One (on the table at right)—–upstage the suddenly bashful designer.
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  An advanced mock-up for the stackable outdoor chair he's designing for Piazza San Marco in Venice sits on a workstation.
    An advanced mock-up for the stackable outdoor chair he's designing for Piazza San Marco in Venice sits on a workstation.
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  Lunar was a light project for Flos in 2008.
    Lunar was a light project for Flos in 2008.
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  MIura barstool, designed for Plank in 2005.
    MIura barstool, designed for Plank in 2005.
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  Grcic collects various objects—–including an old-fashioned trash can his sister salvaged for him—–in his studio, which he catalogs for inspiration.
    Grcic collects various objects—–including an old-fashioned trash can his sister salvaged for him—–in his studio, which he catalogs for inspiration.
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  Grcic’s Mayday lamp for Flos was inspired by the lights used by automobile mechanics. The ES shelf for Moormann is delightfully canted. The Chaos family of seating for ClassiCon encourages sitters to perch, squirm, and fidget.
    Grcic’s Mayday lamp for Flos was inspired by the lights used by automobile mechanics. The ES shelf for Moormann is delightfully canted. The Chaos family of seating for ClassiCon encourages sitters to perch, squirm, and fidget.
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  Umbrella for Muji, 2006.
    Umbrella for Muji, 2006.
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  Odin couch for ClassiCon, 2005.
    Odin couch for ClassiCon, 2005.
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  Relations stacking glasses for Iittala, 1999.
    Relations stacking glasses for Iittala, 1999.
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  Osorom seating for Moroso, 2002.
    Osorom seating for Moroso, 2002.
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  The Myto Chair, 2008, for Plank.
    The Myto Chair, 2008, for Plank.
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  A poster on one of the doors of his studio  reads “No to war!”.
    A poster on one of the doors of his studio reads “No to war!”.
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  Grcic is a very hands-on designer, whose work includes tableware.
    Grcic is a very hands-on designer, whose work includes tableware.
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  2 Hands laundry basket for Authentics, 1996.
    2 Hands laundry basket for Authentics, 1996.
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  ES Shelf for Moormann, 1999.
    ES Shelf for Moormann, 1999.
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  Passami Il Sale utensils for Serafino Zani, 2007.
    Passami Il Sale utensils for Serafino Zani, 2007.
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  The 360 degree Chair and Stool for Magis, 2009.
    The 360 degree Chair and Stool for Magis, 2009.
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  The Diana side table for ClassiCon, 2002.
    The Diana side table for ClassiCon, 2002.
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  Chaos family of seating for ClassiCon, 2001.
    Chaos family of seating for ClassiCon, 2001.
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  Accento cutlery for Serafino Zani, 2009.
    Accento cutlery for Serafino Zani, 2009.
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  Chair One for Magis, 2004.
    Chair One for Magis, 2004.
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  Crash lounge chair for Established&Sons, 2010.
    Crash lounge chair for Established&Sons, 2010.
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