Designer Feature: Konstantin Grcic
Konstantin Grcic was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 be set up his own office in Munich, and today Konstantin Grcic Design is based out of Berlin. The office is active in numerous fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design to architectural collaborations.
His work is characterised by a careful research into the history of art, design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials. His starting point is very physical, meaning the design aspect can come later – yet despite this his work retains a deep sense of aesthetic beauty – a testament to his natural talent.
Many of Grcic’s products have received international design awards and his work can also be found in the permanent collections of important design museums (such as MoMA, New York, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris).
When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
I always dreamt of becoming a boat builder, but never lived anywhere near the water. In 1985, my sister gave me the Electa book about A. Castiglioni. That started me dreaming of bicycles.
What is artificial light for you?
Magic. I am the one who always puts the lights on everywhere in the house, even at daytime.
Why do you like working with Flos?
Because Flos is Rock and Roll.
What is the next product you’d like to design?
I keep saying that I would love to design a bicycle … and yes, I know I should get my act together.
Is there a great designer, artist or musician you regard as a point of reference for your work?
Oh, there are so many and of all sorts (great and not so great). Mentioning just one would sound terribly dull.
Do you prefer German or Italian cars?
I used to drive Alfa Romeo … and for a few years now I’ve had a BMW. Damn, I’m getting old!