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Konstantin Grcic was born in Munich in 1965 and travelled as a teenager to Dorset so that he could be trained as a traditional cabinet maker. It was while he was living in rural England that he realised that what he really wanted to do was create designer furniture - and his enthusiasm secured him a place at the Royal College of Art in London. Read more.

Immediately after graduation Grcic went to work at Jasper Morrison’s Office for Design, and in 1991 he set up his own Munich-based design office. For ten years his design approach was strictly within a rationalist language – then he began experimenting with computer design software.

The result in 1999 was the iconic Magis Chair One. Grcic used die-cast aluminium and industrial production methods to construct a chair “like a football – assembled from a collection of small, flat planes to create a 3D form.” It was revolutionary and it perfectly epitomised Grcic’s combination of formal rigour with subtle humour. It is made in Italy by Magis and it can be found in Manhattan’s MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. It is also available for purchase online from Design55.

Konstantin Grcic was Designer of the Year in 2010. Close.

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