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Save the date: Vienna Design Week 2011

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Architonic is proud to be the official media partner of Vienna Design Week, which returns to the Austrian capital for its fifth edition on the last day of September (30.09 – 9.10). As ever, the 10-day festival, which last year attracted some 26.000 visitors, will focus on the best of product, industrial and furniture design by both established and up-and-coming designers such as UK’s PostlerFerguson,

Norwegian trio Angell Wyller Aarseth, the Dutch practice Studio Makkink & Bey, Munich-born Konstantin Grcic, or Austria’s White Elephant and Marco Dessí to name just a few. (more…)

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.

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Konstantin Grcic

As the metaphoric dust settles following another Milan Salone del Mobile (not to be confused with the ash from that pesky Icelandic volcano, which did its best to keep the great and the good of the international design press stranded in Italy), Architonic brings you a series of engaging interviews with some of the most influential designers working internationally. We’re calling them the Milan Conversations.

'Blow' table by Konstantin Grcic for Established & Sons in collaboration with Venini, 2010

The plethora of design blogs and design journals available to us these days means that you can get a pretty good idea of what’s been launched at any particular design fair without packing that suitcase with comfortable shoes and business cards. The real value of going to somewhere like Milan are the encounters that you have, not with new products but with other people. It’s probably the design industry’s most productive and rewarding way of exchanging information, ideas and enthusiasm. It’s about inspiration.
In this first installment of the Milan Conversations, Architonic talks to Compasso d’Oro-winning, Munich-based Konstantin Grcic about his new collaboration with leading British design brand Established & Sons (whose show, in an indoor pelota court, was monumental in scale) and how he had to learn to let go. We also talk to Sebastian Wrong, founding member and design development director of said brand, about irony, sustainability and the thinking behind the company’s new own-label collection.

(The interview was held by Simon Cowell)

'Crash' chair by Konstantin Grcic for Established & Sons, 2010

Architonic: It seems quite fitting that we’re standing in a pelota court, as the Established & Sons brand seems to express the idea of play. Humour and irony appear to run through it.
Konstantin Grcic: And the idea of competitiveness. That’s what I like about them. They are really showing muscles. They are only six years old and they’re renting a space that’s larger than any of the traditional companies that have been around for decades. There’s something like a sporty ambition that they have, which fits the space as well.


Your work has in the past often shown a strong sense of analysis and rigour, and form is well considered. What was it like working for the first time with a manufacturer whose products are sometimes more playful, more relaxed? Was the process different?
Yes. The only reason for starting a collaboration with a new company is to do something new. The decision to work with Established & Sons was the joy of new territory. Something completely outside my other experiences. Who the company are and what they’ve done over the years forms one pool of information for me. The other one is purely my own: what have I done and where do I see a niche of new territory for myself. Working with textiles, working with soft materials. Exploring a more organic language of things. Comfort in a totally different way than I normally treat comfort. Or discomfort. All of this was important for me as a consideration. I like that. A designer should be considerate in many different ways. Work is not something you just pour out. There’s always context to it. The company you work with is a context. You have your own context. Even the year 2010 is different from what I would have done last year.


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B Chair by Konstantin Grcic

This folding chair designed by Konstatin Grcic is presented at this year`s Salone del Mobile by the Spanish manufacturer Bd Barcelona. It is an addition to the last year presented B Table, a multi purpose table with an extruded aluminium table top. The legs are X-shaped and the seat folds, which allows for horizontal stacking and pays tribute to the name of the collection.

B Chair by Konstantin Grcic

B Chair by Konstantin Grcic

B Chair by Konstantin Grcic

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In line with strict environmental policies of both companies, materials and manufacturing processes have been carefully selected both for their minimal impact on the environment and for their cost.

In line with strict environmental policies of both companies, materials and manufacturing processes have been carefully selected both for their minimal impact on the environment and for their cost.

‘Muji manufactured by Thonet’ is a collection of simplified, stylised Thonet designs made of bentwood and tubular steel, manufactured to Thonet’s customary high standards at their Frankenberg HQ and available exclusively at Muji stores in Japan, Germany, Paris and the UK.

The tubular steel series was created by Konstantin Grcic and comprises a chair and desk in three sizes. Three polypropylene drawers can be suspended beneath the MDF table top.

The tubular steel series was created by Konstantin Grcic and comprises a chair and desk in three sizes. Three polypropylene drawers can be suspended beneath the MDF table top.

By uniting the design heritage, skilled craftsmanship and manufacturing capabilities of Thonet with the streamlined design aesthetic of Muji, not to mention its youthful, design savvy audience, beautiful designs gain new relevance for today’s modern, urban lifestyle. The beech bentwood collection takes Thonet’s most famous bentwood chair, No. 14, as its inspiration. (This design – now called the 214 chair – still features in the Thonet collection, this year celebrating its 150th birthday.)

 

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The beech, bent wood collection was designed by Milan-based, British creative director of Thonet James Irvine and features a single panel supporting the back of the chair, which with the accompanying table top.

The beech, bent wood collection was designed by Milan-based, British creative director of Thonet James Irvine and features a single panel supporting the back of the chair, which aligns with the accompanying table top.

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There are plans to enhance the collection in the near future. Both Muji and Thonet have collaborated with international designers in the past. What is ground breaking for both companies is their decision to work together with named designers to reinterpret important design masterpieces from Thonet’s historic back catalogue, making them accessible to a younger, broader, ‘Muji’ marketplace.

 

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With a stone base

With a stone base

Bd Barcelona, the Spanish company which was founded in 1972 by the well-known architect Oscar Tusquets, presented a range of new tables at this year´s Salone del Mobile designed by Konstantin Grcic. The collaboration seemed to be a real hit and the results are remarkable. Once more Bd Barcelona was able to underline its special production abilities when it comes to extruded aluminium profiles.

With a wooden construction

With a wooden construction

Grcic has been inspired by classic Bd pieces, such as the Hypóstila shelf unit (in production since 1979), in developing a tabletop of extruded aluminium with a minimal profile and for lengths of up to 360 cm. The table board can be mounted on a stone, metal or wooden base. A nice and for the designer typical detail is the open profile on the short side of the table board, which can be closed if required, though.

With a closed profile and on a metal base

With a closed profile and on a metal base

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The wooden construction refers to the artisan roots of the Italian manufacturer

The wooden construction refers to the artisan roots of the Italian manufacturer

After ‘Miura’ and ‘Myto’ it is the third chair that was developed in cooperation between Plank and Konstantin Grcic. The stackable chair, which clearly refers to Scandinavian classics, combines a wooden construction with an injection molded backrest.

Application areas:Contract, Gastronomy, Living and Office.

Technical details: Armchair, ash wooden structure – natural lacquered or stained- lacquered in black or wenge. Backrest in polypropylene in the colours in black, grey white, traffic red, wine red, light blue, yellow green. Stackable.

How plain can it be?

How plain can it be?

The back-/armrest in plastic moulding serves the chair’s structure

The back-/armrest in plastic moulding serves the chair’s structure

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