To the naked eye, Konstantin Grcic is the epitome of raw industrialism, because just by briefly looking at his most accolated work, the common theme of minimally essential silhouettes gets the spotlight time and time again. Perhaps this is not as surprising given that the very origin of today’s modern design, the Bauhaus movement and Grcic share the same German roots.
From an early age, Konstantin Grcic found inspiration in the functionality of common objects, starting his career in cabinet manufacturing and eventually studying design at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Once he set his foot in the world, Grcic’s immediate stylistic impact had a very particular signature, favoring simplicity and essentialism to access. His passion for architecture and innovation became the common denominator repeatedly seen through the multitude of collaborations that Grcic had over the years. Among his more groundbreaking partnerships is the one with Magis, which in 2003 produced one of the most iconic modern furniture pieces, fittingly named Chair ONE. Other legendary contributions to the design universe included Mayday table lamp for Flos which earned Grcic his first Compasso d’Oro Award; Osorom table/chair for Moroso; as well as various products for the likes of Vitra, Driade, BD Barcelona, Establish & Sons and many others.
At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Konstantin Grcic earned the “migliore designer” award which celebrated his creativity and purity as well as his innovative adaptation of new materials in a modern context. The judges applauded Grcic’s successful illustration of new design ‘while remaining true to his own rigorous technical and expressive language.’