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Milan 2011: ‘Avus’ club chair by Konstantin Grcic for Plank (IT)

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 21.04.2011 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Konstantin Grcic's new 'Avus' club chair for Italian manufacturer Plank

Every now and then, a design comes long that truly divides opinion. Here’s one of them.


Exhibited at the stand of Italian design manufacturer Plank at this year’s Milan Salone del Mobile, Konstantin Grcic’s new ‘Avus’ club chair managed to cause a bit of a stir. The leather-upholstered seat speaks of hotel lounge bars and tall drinks. The base, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Made of ABS, it consists of a twin-sheet moulded shell, reinforced with a polyurethane foam core, which, through its styling, shouts about its latest-technology credentials. It’s no accident, therefore, that the formal language of the chair’s base is reminiscent of things automotive.

Konstantin Grcic's 'Avus' club chair for Plank marries leather upholstery with a twin-sheet moulded shell

There’s no denying that this is a comfortable chair. But what about its aesthetic value? Talking to several esteemed designers in Milan, opinion was strongly divided. We’re not mentioning any names, however.

Grcic's new 'Avus' chair got visitors talking at this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan

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