German designer Konstantin Grcic was born in Munich in 1965. After opening his practice KGID (Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design) in 1990, he very quickly received recognition for his simple, ingenious products. With numerous commissions from the most important names in the design industry, such as Authentics, Flos, iittala, Krups, Magis and Muji, his work has been widely published in several books and design reviews, and has been awarded the prestigious Compasso d'Oro (Milan, 2001) and Nombre d'Or (Paris, 2004), among others. Grcic describes himself as a mix of German mentality and English education. Following his initial training as a cabinetmaker, from which he retains the hands-on approach and sensitivity to materials of a craftsman, Grcic went on to study contemporary design at the Royal College of Art in London. This formative experience added a new dimension to his fascination with making things. As a result, every one of his products is characterized by his careful research into the history of design and architecture, and his passion for technology and materials.
'Perfectly conceived industrial design that covers everything from plastic bins to aluminium stacking chairs inspired by a football. And its' Gr-chitch, by the way.' (Guardian) 'The enigmatic designer who's challenging the look and feel of everything that surrounds us ... an original hands-on monograph full of great photographs that relish showing both how finished designs come to be tweaked and refined, and how they end up being used.' (Fiona Rattray, Observer magazine) 'Now this is the way to do a monograph: a portrait of the processes and motivations behind Grcic's work. A lot more enlightening than the usual vanity projects.' (Icon)