Konstantin Grcic / Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design
Grcic was born 1965 in Munich and was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 he founded his design studio Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) located in Berlin and since then is developping furniture, products and lighting for some of the leading companies in the world of design like Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Magis, Maharam, Mattiazzi, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas-Rosenthal and Vitra.
Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums, including the MoMA in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and his work has been shown internationally in important design exhibitions for example at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2009). With "Konstantin Grcic – Panorama" the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany) presented in 2014 the largest solo exhibition on Konstantin Grcic and his work to date. Besides his work as designer Grcic also curates exhibitions. In 2012 he was responsible for the exhibition design of the German Pavillon at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Regarding the cooperation with Laufen Konstantin Grcic is especially attracted by the possibilities offered by the revolutionary SaphirKeramik. Aim of his work is to create works of an industrial precision that have the flavour of tailor-made work. For Laufen he created Val, a bathroom collection of rectangular and circular washbasins, bowls, trays, WCs, bathtubs and faucets. The washbasins, bowls and trays look like jewels thanks to the filigree ceramic and surface textures.
Konstantin Grcic: „What makes the washbasins made of SaphirKeramik so extraordinary is the subtle reduction of materials offered by technological innovation, as well as the geometrical rhythms that shape the surfaces.”