Konstantin Grcic

1965

Konstantin Grcic was born in Munich, Germany, in 1965. After training as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School in England, he studied design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991, he set up his own design practice KGID in Munich, today based in Berlin. In the same year, he presented furniture designs for ClassiCon. His name is closely associated with the company. The first book about his work was published in 2002 by ClassiCon; in Milan, the company dedicated a solo exhibition to his work. Since then, he has been developing furniture, lamps and industrial products for renowned companies, including Hugo Boss, Rado and Galerie Kreo.

Many of his products have won international design awards, among them the Mayday lamp, which received the prestigious Compasso d’Oro. The Chaos Chair by ClassiCon is part of the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris). In 2006, Phaidon Verlag published the book “KGID Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design”. Most recently, he has been curating exhibitions and designing for museums. In 2012, he was responsible for the exhibition design of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Solo exhibitions of his oeuvre were presented at the Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006), The Art Institute Chicago (2009) and, most recently, “Panorama” at the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein). In England, Grcic was honoured with the title “Royal Designer for Industry”. In 2010, Design Miami awarded him the title “Designer of the Year”. In 2016, ClassiCon celebrated 25 years of collaboration with the publication of a Limited Black Edition, accompanied by an artist’s portfolio.

Only a long-term collaboration with manufacturers will lead to enormous quality and truly radical, strong products because it allows you to go much further into the extreme – to seriously deal with the question how everyday and typical things can be adjusted to our time by examining them with regard to new possibilities with regard to production and technology.
 
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