Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic

Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic

By Sally McGrane / Photos by Oliver Mark
Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has done it all, from spoons to umbrellas to lights, but he’s best known for his data-driven chairs. We dropped in on his Munich studio to sit awhile in his seats.

Konstantin Grcic is on the edge of his seat. Granted, the elegant, somewhat retiring 45-year-old German industrial designer is about to give an interview. That, and his upholstered Chaos chair from 2001 features an upturned seat so shallow that there is really only a slim edge on which to repose. "Designing chairs touches issues of society, how we live," he says, beginning to lay out the philosophy behind his sometimes very unusual designs. "How life changes—–that’s most interesting. How our needs change."

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