Designer Dossier: Konstantin Grcic
EARLY LIFE & CAREER
Konstantin Grcic (1965) trained as a cabinet maker at the John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) and studied Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in Munich in 1991 he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the world´s leading design companies. Amongst his renowned clients are Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Magis, Maharam, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani and Vitra.
STAYING ON TOP
“Konstantin Grcic is one of the most influential designers of our time.” - Vitra Design Museum, 14.09.2014
Many of his products have received international design awards such as the prestigious Compasso d’Oro for his Mayday lamp (Flos) in 2001 and the Myto chair (Plank) in 2011. Adding to his long list of awards, he was also chosen by Wallpaper Magazine as "Designer of the Year" for 2015 along with Patricia Urquiola.
Designs by Konstantin Grcic form part of the permanent collections of the most important design museums (a.o. MoMA-New York, Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris). Most recently he has curated a number of significant design exhibitions such as "Design Real" for The Serpentine Gallery, London (2009), "Comfort" for the St.Etienne Design Biennale (2010) and "Black2" for the Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2010). Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown at Boijmans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam, 2006), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2009). The Royal Society for the Arts appointed Konstantin Grcic "Royal Designer for Industry" in 2009, in 2010 he was fellow at Villa Massimo in Rome. Design Miami/ awarded him "Designer of the Year" for 2010. A comprehensive monography of his work was published by Phaidon Press, London.
Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. Each of his products is characterized by a careful research into the history of design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials. Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.