Konstantin Grcic. Panorama
Mateo Kries, Janna Lipsky (Eds.)
Vitra Design Museum, Wheil am Rhein, 2014
Konstantin Grcic is one of the leading designers of our time. Many of his creations, such as “Chair-One” (2004) or the “Mayday lamp” (1999), are already recognized as design classics.
The book “Konstantin Grcic – Panorama” is being published in conjunction with the largest solo exhibition on Grcic to date. It contains the first catalogue raisonné of the designer’s work and documents over 400 pieces of furniture, products and exhibitions with informative details, images and comprehensive descriptions. This overview is accompanied by numerous illustrated essays from renowned authors, including Peter Sloterdijk, Richard Sennett, Paola Antonelli, Jonathan Olivares, Mario Carpo, Louise Schouwenberg, Jan Boelen, Janna Lipsky and Mateo Kries. While some essays investigate Grcics oeuvre and its context, others address overarching issues that shape Grcics work, such as new production technologies, evolution of the home environment or the development of public spaces. The book is further augmented by a series of images depicting visionary spatial designs by Grcic produced especially for the exhibition, demonstrating his conceptions of life in the future. All these facets combine to make the book a unique panorama of a designer whose contemporary influence is widely felt – as well as a fascinating read for all those with an interest in the future of design.