Konstantin Grcic from Munich (born in 1965) is a well-known designer with an international reputation. Along with his studio Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) that was set up in 1991 he has made a name for himself through experiments with materials and a constructive individuality. KGID products are characterised by their everyday usefulness and formal restraint as well as by humour and perspicacity. These are the kind of products that at times can even amaze and irritate. In addition to analysing for what and whom the designs are intended, challenging the industrial process is always a major concern. This leads to the creation of objects such as Chair_One or the portable light Mayday. The show This Side Up, conceived by Konstantin Grcic and his team, shows works from the past decade. It emphasises processes and is presented as an arrangement of over-sized boxes that look as if they have been casually opened for the visitors. Fifty products are on display and visitors can follow the way they developed by means of drawings, models, prototypes and video films.
Florian Böhm (Hg.), KGID Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, 240 Seiten, 200 Farb- und 100 s/w-Abb., 50 Zeichnungen, Englisch, ISBN 0-7148-4431-4, Phaidon Verlag, CHF 120