ClassiCon has been working with Konstantin Grcic for a longer period of time than with any other contemporary designer. In 2016, we celebrated 25 years of cooperation with a special project: the Black Edition.
For this edition, Konstantin Grcic transformed his most striking designs from the ClassiCon collection into a monochrome series in black. With surfaces coated with matte or glossy lacquers or made of black burnished metal and fabrics with a special colour depth, the furniture is provided with timeless elegance and newly united as a monochromatic ensemble. An exclusive part of the edition is limited to 25 copies. All pieces in the edition are accompanied by a limited portfolio of fine photo art prints taken by artist Shirana Shabazi.
I have intentionally selected black because it is a colour that represents classic modernism and its existential objectivity. But black is also a clear, modern statement: pure, topical and radical.
ClassiCon developed the overall concept together with Konstantin Grcic and Studio Achermann based in Zurich, which managed to enlist Iranian-Swiss photographer Shirana Shahbazi to adequately stage and capture the Black Edition. She staged each of the products either set against a black background or in contrast with multi-coloured surfaces.
The portfolio limited to 500 copies includes 22 high-quality DIN A3 prints and is available separately from the Black Edition products. The 22 prints come in a box and can be individually framed. Should you be interested, please contact info[-at-]classicon[-dot-]com.
As is the case with her own work, Shirana Shahbazi focuses on the suspension of reality, the clearly defined forms and the dimensions. Her photographs set against a black background capture the clear linearity of Grcic’s designs due to the incidence of light and change of perspectives resulting in a suspenseful interplay with the monochrome background. In contrast with the coloured elements, Shahbazi abstracts the three-dimensionality of the furniture into a shining composition that breaks down the individual forms of triangles, squares and angles into adjoining surfaces.