Konstantin Grcic (1965) was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He set up his own office in Munich in 1991. Today Konstantin Grcic Design is based in Berlin. The office is active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design and architectural collaborations. Amongst his renowned clients are Aeance, Authentics, Cassina, ClassiCon, Flötotto, Flos, Galerie Kreo, Kettal, Laufen, Magis, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Smart and Vitra. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos, 2001), the MYTO chair (Plank, 2011) and the OK lamp (Flos 2016). Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris). Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. His work is characterised by a careful research into the history of art, design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam (2006), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2006) The Art Institute of Chicargo (2009) Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhine (2014) Die Neu Sammlung, Munich (2016) Kunsthalle, Bielefeld (2017).
Inspired by the building principles of Pier Luigi Nervi, Konstantin Grcic’s “Magliana Project” – edited exclusively by Giustini / Stagetti – consists of a corpus of limited edition furniture – a modular table with integrated seating and suspension lighting – entirely executed in concrete according to the most innovative techniques developed from the latest studies on the material, and its small scale application.
“Magliana Project” was launched as a temporary site-specific installation inside the venue that inspired it: the pavilion made in ferro-concrete built by Nervi in 1940s in the Roman suburbs Magliana.
“Magliana Project” is part of the series Privato Romano Interno dedicated to contemporary design and curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino, who since 2011, has involved international designers in the production of new collections, executed with materials and techniques derived from Roman and Italian artisanal traditions.