Yellow Medici Chair by Konstantin Grcic
Medici Chair – Konstantin Grcic
Medici Chair – Konstantin Grcic
German designer Konstantin Grcic continues his collaboration with the Italian manufacturer Magis with their recent launch of the latest products – a pair of three-legged workshop stools called “Tom & Jerry”. Made of solid beech, the modest stool has been updated with an introduction of adjustable colorful swivel screws (available in white, black, red and light blue) made of self lubricant polypropylene.
The Aram Gallery is another source of inspiration for chair lovers.
The Gallery originated from pasion for design rather than from financial motives:
Zeev Aram opened his first store on Londonâ€™s Kings Road, Chelsea, in 1964. He had a real passion for design and was the first to introduce the works of designers such as Carlo Scarpa, A & P.G. Castiglioni, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and V. Magistretti to the UK market.
Later on Zeev developped the concept of an Annual Graduate Show to offer young designers and the industrie a platform to meet each other. Recently this culminated in a THEN-NOW Show which was an exhibition of 15 designers who were originally amongst the graduates selected by Zeev Aram to take part in the Aram Designâ€™s Annual Graduate Shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This exhibition revisits the work of these designers to show the development of their career over the last 2 decades. Their graduation work and recent work were showed side by side.
Here Konstantin Grcic. Photo by Christina Theisen.
Chair 43 by Konstantin Grcic for yii (2008)
Bamboo Artist: Chen, Kao-Ming
Character: Artistic, Structured, Bouncy
Materials: Engineered laminated bamboo, handmade
Dimensions: W53CM x D55CM x H77CM
Max weight: 120KG
Major design crush object Konstantin Grcic took the stage yesterday afternoon at the Javits Center, to talk for an hour and a bit about his studioâ€™s newest baby: the BASF sponsored one-piece plastic Myto Chair. An hour might seem a bit long to talk about a single piece of furniture a simple chair, especially, but this was a fascinating talk, for a couple of reasons. First off, it actually is something of a revolutionary design. Developed as a three-way partnership between KGID, German chemicals giant BASF, and Italian manufacturer Plank, the Myto wasnâ€™t even originally going to be a chair; Grcic was asked to simply develop a product to show off Ultradur B, a high-performance polymer previously used primarily in the auto industry. A chair was chosen as a clear, understandable expression of the unique strength and flow characteristics of the material â€” designers with a background in injection-molding look at the chair with some astonishment, at its stiffness and thick sections without a hint of sink mark. Second, Grcicâ€™s thought and design process has always been, and continues to be, a singularly fascinating and grounded thing. Unabashed about the long, arduous detailing process required by such a technical project, Grcic displayed a rendering from 6 weeks into the development cycle, noting â€œas you can see, itâ€™s pretty close [to the final product]. Well, actually, itâ€™s not close at all!â€ Hundreds of tiny alterations followed, and Grcic did a handy job of summarizing necessities like mold flow analysis, KGIDâ€™s extensive use of full-scale sketch modeling, and multiple rounds of rapid prototyping (see tiny SLS, handed to BASF engineers as a sort of mid-project souvenir, above). Grcic got noticeably more excited describing the manufacturing processes (there was a picture of him lying in the injection mold) than talking about, for example, the process of color selection (â€œWe mold it in black, white, and grey, and some other colors people expect of a plastic chairâ€¦â€) A nice antidote to the shiny, production-ignoring perfection seen elsewhere at the fair.
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