Konstantin Grcic is an industrial designer from Germany. He is famous all over the world for creating furniture and household products. His designs are characterized through geometric shapes at unexpected angles. Besides, they are aesthetic and highly functional.
1. CHESS / STORAGE SYSTEM / MAGIS / 2018
Chess is an aesthetic piece of storage system which is a sturdy cabinet. The original idea for the design of this furniture aims to be a utilitarian one. The practicality of this product is such that it relates to targeted domestic usage. The cabinet can have a diverse range of uses as storage furniture in heterogeneous locations within a house. It is available in various sizes, the Chess offers an alternative between drawers and sliding doors. A combination of solid oak with signal white or wine-red metal provides contrast while being a visually comforting statement.
2. CITIZEN / LOUNGE CHAIR / VITRA / 2020
It is a modern interpretation of the traditional lounge chair. The Citizen is built with a bent tubular steel framework, pronounced by a suspended seat cushion. The movable seat creates a swinging movement that makes the whole seating experience a unique one. It appropriately denotes its unconventional form that cloaks the sitter. The two versions of the chair offer different levels of comfort. On one hand, the ‘Highback’ delivers comfort at its best while being a visual statement. On the other, the Lowback is a relatively formal setting that makes it suitable for use in conference rooms and lounges.
3. METEO / PARASOL / KETTAL / 2018
Meteo is built as an essential requirement for energy-efficient protection from the sun while promoting the use of outdoor spaces and exposure to direct sunlight. The design of this product experiments with the potential of modern parasols. Building with smart materials, the contemporary style of the product makes for comfortable outdoor furniture. It is available in two versions. The basic one uses a manual pulley system while its high-end counterpart comes with an integrated gas piston for opening and closing.
4. HEAD IN THE SKY / PROTOTYPE / 2017
Head in the sky is a product that functions as a perfect private open space. The design originated from the idea of assisting people to live a healthier and happier life into old age. It is a space for working as well as thinking. The structure is open to the sky while being constrained by vertical members. Within a confined space, it holds a bench, table and shelf on the inside. The hot-zinc galvanised mesh offers not only a weather-proof screening but also permeability.
5. ALLSTAR / OFFICE CHAIR / VITRA / 2014
Client name – Vitra
Allstar is an office-chair however, not a stereotypical one. The design is powerful enough to be used in a home as well as an office setting. A single plastic loop forms the structure by functioning both as the armrest and backrest. It characterises a sense of informality to decelerate from the fast-moving office environment. The armrest comes in 5 colours while the cushion and the swivel base are black. The offset metal legs provide a broader range of view simultaneously, the levers allow the users to adjust their height and position.
6. TT PAVILION / ARCHITECTURE / AUDI /2014
The TT pavilion was commissioned by Audi to represent the brand architecturally. The mobile pavilion is built with a polygonal wooden and aluminium structure. It features seven futuristic entrances that fold upward, following the concept of the new Audi sports car. The structure is pre-fabricated. The adjustable pylons used for mounting allow it to be installed in different locations with varied terrains. It not only provides shelter but also as functional spaces for eating, relaxing, communicating and working.
7. MAN MACHINE / EDITION / GALERIE KREO / 2014
Man machine is a set of 8 piece furniture based on a single material-glass. Glass not being a conventional material for furniture has been used while challenging its fragility, coldness and heaviness. The collection consists of a chair, tables, boxes and a bookshelf. Built using gas pistons that allow movement of the furniture, making it truly contemporary design. Its tabletop can fold up or down. The joinery of glass is done using silicone glue.
8. MYTO / CANTILEVER CHAIR / PLANK / 2008
The design of the chair is based on the material of choice. Plastic, from the family of polybutylene terephthalate, is used. It develops an elegant transitioning cross-section of the chair. It is possible due to the high fluidity with the strength of the plastic that makes for its sturdy base. There is a perforated seat as well as the backrest rests on the cantilevered monoblock structure. It is unique in its design. The properties of the material have been utilised.
9. PRO / SCHOOL CHAIR / FLOTOTTO / 2012
The design approach to this product was a relatively different one. It involved the stakeholders such as the students, teachers, school janitors as well as insurance companies to understand the school furniture category. It is a piece of dynamic seating which allows kids to change their posture at their convenience. It has a round seat similar to a stool which doesn’t fix the forward sitting position. The backrest provided is thin that allows movement to the sides. Also, the shape of the backrest is that of an S. The lower curve supports movement and takes any strain away from the lower back.
10. LANDEN / PUBLIC SEATING / VITRA EDITION / 2007
Landen is a piece of freestanding outdoor furniture. Its characteristic form is engaging for the public in the form of creating an urban experience. The black painted heavy gauge steel profiles and metal grillage highlight its physical presence in the public sphere. It can function as a meeting spot as well as a relaxing shelter. The structure comprises an octagonal platform rained by two 30 cm steps. A comfortable seating experience is ensured by paving the platform with industrial rubber matting. The leg space in the centre is kept efficient by cutting out a large circle from the base. It is further enclosed by outward leaning metal shields.