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Konstantin Grcic Explains His (and Our) Chair Fixation

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Konstantin Grcic’s latest creation, the Rival chair for Finnish brand Artek—a sculptural, swiveling, birch-clad beauty with a sumptuously rounded seat—is only the latest in an impressive list of chair designs on the German designer’s product resume (though his Chair One for Magis remains his most definitive one yet)—and an occasion — Continue reading …




 

 

Artek_KG001_Rival+low_redKonstantin Grcic’s latest creation, the Rival chair for Finnish brand Arteka sculptural, swiveling, birch-clad beauty with a sumptuously rounded seatis only the latest in an impressive list of chair designs on the German designer’s product resume (though his Chair One for Magis remains his most definitive one yet)and an occasion to ponder the question even the most ardent design buffs have lately asked: does the world really need another chair? To which, Grcic, given to some deep ruminating of his own, responded with a resounding yes. In a recent interview, Grcic expounded on his (and our) search for the perfect chair:

“I have a passion for furniture, and then, within that category, there is the chair, and for several reasons, I find it to be the most exciting. It’s the one we have the most physical contact with, and in many ways, it becomes an extension of you. You could say it kind of dresses you. It becomes not only an extension of your body, it informs your posture. Even the colour of a chair can have an effect. If you sit in a red chair, for instance, the red does something to you. That’s taking it quite far, but I find this interesting, and it’s what keeps it challenging.

The other thing is that sitting is a such a big part of everyday life. There are lots of implications in that: how long do we sit; where we sit; what are we up to when we sit…. All that is integral to design and those are the things that are always changing. In my view, there is an infinite number of situations and possibilities for sitting, and in the end the ideal chair is one that’s tailor-made for a certain person on a certain day at a certain time.

That’s impossible, of course, but with industrial design we can explore every possibility. It is always evolving. There are so many fantastic chairs, but never the ultimate chair. In my studio, I have a Box chair by Enzo Mari. It’s one of my favourites because it’s simple and basic, but I consider it to be very radical. It’s not beautiful to look at; its real beauty is in the intelligence of how it is made.”

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Credits: Artek; Azure


 

 

 
 
 

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