konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
apr 28, 2011

konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons

‘cape’ two seater


munich-based designer konstantin grcic draws on the natural way that fabric drapes over a piece of furniture, as means of protection or preservation, for his ‘cape’ chair created for british design and manufacturing brand established & sons. growing from the challenge to develop a casual covered seat that still has a luxurious feel, the result is an upholstered seating unit (available in one and two seat options) that features an overlay cover – literally a cape for your sofa or chair. multiple types of fabric and color options are available to suit the seasons: heavier fabric for fall and winter, and lighter ones for spring and summer.

konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
‘cape’ by konstantin grcic for established & sons
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konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
‘cape’ chair
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konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
installation view of ‘cape chairs at the established & sons presentation during milan design week 2011
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konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
cut and sewn to size, the fabric capes are simply lain over the sofas and armchairs (as depicted here,
with the furniture revealed beneath), making it easy to switch colours and fabrics to fit different needs
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konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
‘cape’ one seater
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konstantin grcic: cape for established & sons
detail view of fabric and stitching
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  • i think these are great. casual, comfy, boho chic. rich textiles, basic colours, nice details, simple forms.

    the dandy warhol
  • Konstantin Grcic is probably discovering Magistretti now.
    Not only this project has similarities, but also the new chairs for Plank
    reminds me of

  • it is at once casual and purposeful. I find it quite a bit more refined than the magistretti and more about the subtle reinterpretation of familiar references. Lets see if the functional concerns are warranted.

  • cape? shmata.
    better a nice casual throw.
    its so overly carefully constructed that it defeats its purpose. u’d be tempted to toss something over this if kids stormed in.

  • I was at Salone Del Mobile this year, and it is hard to get a good sense of this from only photos but I actually liked these pieces quite a lot. The covers are very well cut so the fabric falls nice… also maybe that would help with what Matt says, because they looked like they stayed in place pretty well but I have to say I do not know for sure because I did not sit in one. What is the nicest part is the stitching details, which you can kind of see in some of the pictures.

    It looks like an simple project but to me I liked it because all these attentions to details made such a huge difference, compared to if you just think about a normal slipcover. They’re really nice, I like them more than Xit’s link but that is me personally, it is a totally different style.

  • Germans usually call this “Schonbezug”. Protection from dogs and kids gambling at your sofa.
    The good thing is, now you can transform every furniture into a Gricic by throwing some blanket over it (this will change everything.).
    I bet some people will throw another blanket over it…

  • This is how it should be and was already done :


    The excellent ‘Sinbad’ Sofa by Vico Magistretti

  • Or Established & Sons is the one with a lame vision with a product line…

  • wow, what an idea!, sorry konstantin, I’m not your biggest fan but can at least appreciate when a lot of time development has gone into a project, this though? a users nightmare, I have sat in such furniture before and every time you move IT moves, bunches, creases and ultimately and literally is a pain in your rear. I am not one to dish out negativity but seriously this must be one of the laziest products I have yet seen.


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