Designer Profile: Konstantin Grcic

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

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.

Iconic modern designs by Konstantin Grcic

Iconic modern designs by Konstantin Grcic

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.’

Modernizing the craft of quilting

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Dating back to 3400 BC, to the era of the 1st Egyptian Pharaoh who is illustrated in ancient drawings wearing a clothing article with quilted pattern, the art of quilting has evolved over many centuries, always embodying people, places and techniques.  Synonymous with patchwork, quilting fuses an assortment of materials that long surpassed their scope as a singular textiles into an original creation that can be used in a multitude of ways.

In the modern furniture industry, quilting epitomizes some of the most memorable and innovative design elements whether on a limited edition like Cattelan Italia’s Piuma dining chair or as unforgettable staples of Italian home-fashion brands among which is the boundary-pushing Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra and Edward Van Vliet’s Sushi collection for Moroso that includes Karkaoma sofa, Juju armchair, Donut and Joy stools.

Piuma dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Piuma dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Sushi collection by Edward Van Vliet for Moroso

Sushi collection by Edward Van Vliet for Moroso

Peaches and Corals – Hello Spring!!!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Spring is here and so are the stunning and ultra-refreshing peachy and coral hues that literally make our souls smile.  All across fashion and décor, this color craze is displayed with a level of vitality that’s directly correlated with the positive energies of good weather and blooming trees.  It also happens to be in harmony with Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2016 color report among which is the ardently gracious Peach Echo hue that dominated Henzel’s Olive Street rug, was used by Bonaldo to upholster its Dream On platform bed while Moroso’s famous Bloomy armchair by Patricia Urquiola got a “wardrobe change” that celebrates this spring’s most refreshing color.

Designs using peach and coral colors

Designs using peach and coral colors

Living Concept by Diesel

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

After a few years of booming partnerships with mega powerhouses in the modern design realm like Moroso and Foscarini, Diesel unveiled its all-encompassing and simply brilliant Living concept.  At the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair, under one roof, the Diesel brand translated its trendy character into every aspect of the modern house thanks to its growing number of collaborations.

Diesel at 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Diesel showroom at 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Diesel design at 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Diesel by Foscarini lighting at 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Diesel showroom design at 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Offering aesthetic harmony and a coherent attitude towards home design, Diesel integrated its modern lighting collection from Foscarini, fashionable furniture from Moroso, social kitchen environments from Scavolini, trendy home accessories produced from its cooperation with Seletti and jazzy home textiles from Zucchi.  The ensuing space combined Diesel’s notorious passion for industrial design with vintage and retro accents, infusing every area with an inspiring mix of fashion and function.  Hip and urban, Diesel Living personifies the newest generation and its stirring, multifaceted lifestyle.

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Patricia Urquiola’s Trademark

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Patricia Urquiola is one of the few international designers that has an unmistakable signature that is hard to overlook.  Her trademark transparency and the juxtaposition of old-fashioned formality with decidedly contemporary varied forms are one of the more transcendent elements that have so boldly stood out over the years and landed her affiliations with Italy’s top design powerhouses like Moroso, De Padova, B&B Italia, Cappellini, and Cassina to name a few.  While Urquiola’s stylistic influences span the globe in the form of hotel and restaurant interiors, retail decor and industrial design, her most recognizable work is still in the form of furniture with the top 5 most recognized designer furniture pieces that helped define her design signature being:

Antibodi chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Antibodi chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Canasta outdoor collection by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

Canasta outdoor collection by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

T-Table by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell

T-Table by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell

Crinoline by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

Crinoline by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

Caboche Chandelier by Patricia Urquiola for Foscarini

Caboche Chandelier by Patricia Urquiola for Foscarini