When we love the work of artists of the caliber of Mr. Grcic, we do not only love the material dream aspect of the beauty of his work. There is also a deep admiration of how they approach their profession, as if on tiptoe, and defend the Office. From the humility of the artisan, solve problems and create beautiful solutions that have the ability to transcend the use.
This is the case of Konstantin Grcic. When he finished his studies in Secondary Education, he went to work for a furniture restorer, to “learn how things are done the right way”. I studied cabinetmaking at the Wood Craft School of John Makepeace before studying design at the Royal College of Art in London.
He established his own office in Munich in 1991. Today Konstantin Grcic Design is based in Berlin. The office is active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design and architectural collaborations. Among its clients are the great ones like Cassina, ClassiCon, Flos, Kettal, Laufen, Magis, Muji, Vitra and a long etcetera. The concretion of his pieces is wonderful.
All change with an already iconic piece of design, with the Chair_One. It was one of the first pieces created with 3d projection. The use of industrial molds that until then were not used for large pieces and how it was distributed in two design touches. Joining the metal with the concrete. A work craft.
We can read a phrase that we love about him:
“… design is a great responsibility. And I think you can only do well if you really enjoy it “
We feel reflected in that phrase. In our communication, we can read our concept of “creating” several times, as a “responsibility of Craft”, as responsible for our creation, a need to “take part” on what was created and the story and trade that is transmitted with it. .
The pieces by our protagonist already occupy a place in the permanent collections of the most prestigious institutions such as the MOMA or the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris.
The last piece that we have fallen in love with is the series of luminaries: “Noctambule”, or the nocturnal Owl or reveler. How the author defines, is mostly invisible during the day, but with a glamorous activity during the night.
The new collection of lamps is made of blown glass modules, which are transparent and, therefore, almost non-existent during the day. But, when you turn them on in the dark, they become magnificent and illuminated lamps. The glass cylindrical modules establish the basic grammar of the collection. The only module is a small lamp. Several modules stacked one on top of the other create a column of light or a chandelier suspended within a stairwell.
It is great poetry. It is the work of blown glass, the LED technology studied and the design of crude simplicity. Wonderful.