Konstantin Grcic, the Munich designer, is one of the most important exponents of contemporary industrial design.
After completing a carpenter's apprenticeship, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1988 to 1990. He subsequently founded Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design in 1991 and has since developed furniture, products and lamps for such renowned design companies as Agape, Cappelini, Driade and Flos. His formally reduced products impress with an unusual combination of rigour and humour and may be found in such famous international design collections as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Grcic has used shapes that played a rather more marginal role in the company's history to produce separate objects for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. He has created containers that engage with each other like cogs from plaster casts that are normally used to produce porcelain objects. He has turned insulators from power poles, for many years a product from the Technical Design department, into salt, pepper and sugar sprinklers.
A single line of colour emphasises the silhouette of their shape. Similarly simple and perfect in form are his letter opener,
container and cigar ashtray.
For Nymphenburg, Grcic has also created a waste-paper basket and a vase
with fretwork that is very difficult to realise. "Design doesn't always mean coming up with something entirely new," he says. "It is sometimes just finding something: the new is developed by placing the discovered item in an unusual context."
Official website: www.konstantin-grcic.com