My lifelong passion for design has driven me to seek inspiration from all across the world. One of my favorite muses is German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, creator of the iconic and widely-lauded Chair_One, one of the many visionary products I am broad to feature among my assortment of Modern Design Furniture.
Born in Munich, Germany in 1965, Grcic’s entry into design arguably began in his childhood, where he demonstrated both a love and aptitude for building things. After high school he began working for an antique furniture restorer, an experience that he credits for helping him learn “how to make things properly”.
This experience gave way to Grcic’s apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker, which is where his passion truly blossomed; it was then that he realized that the one thing he loved more than building was designing. This realization led him to pursue an education at the Royal College of Art in London, where he further refined his passion to focus on designing furniture in particular.
Given this evolution in his design sensibility, it is perhaps no surprise that Grcic’s work, including those I feature in my showroom, display an engineer’s approach to functionality and form. His style is distinctively industrial, with an emphasis on simplicity, minimalism, honest of materials, and respect for the production process. Grcic shows a meticulous attention to detail when it comes to balancing formal strictness with character. His works are at once both efficient and full of life, lacking the coldness most would associate with an industrial motif.
In recent years, Grcic has embraced the use of 3-D computer modeling, a pioneering process that he describes as a turning point for his renowned studio, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID). Though his latest works remain cutting-edge and widely lauded, his Chair_One is still the most recognizable legacy. Considered an icon in the global design world, it is part of numerous permanent collections across the world, including New York City’s MoMA and Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou.
To see more of this brilliance, visit my showroom at CA Modern Home at 1560 Lenox Ave. Suite 101 Miami Beach, Florida 33139, or contact 800.605.1859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.