konstantin grcic: decisive design at the art institute of chicago
konstantin grcic: decisive design at the art institute of chicago konstantin grcic: decisive design at the art institute of chicago
nov 17, 2009

konstantin grcic: decisive design at the art institute of chicago

pipe table, 2009 manufactured by muji / thonet image courtesy of muji /thonet

konstantin grcic: decisive design art institute of chicago, chicago november 18th, 2009 to january 24th, 2010 this exhibition is konstantin grcic’s first major showcase of his work in a U.S. museum. devoted to the portfolio of grcic and his firm konstantin grcic industrial design, the show will bring together more than 100 of his objects which include furniture, tableware and office accessories designed by grcic.

within the abbott galleries of the art institute of chicago‘s modern wing, a studio-like environment creating a multi-layered presentation of grcic’s projects, imagery, sketches, drawings and background information will help illuminate the complex process of industrial design. in addition, visitors will be encouraged to enter a central zone outfitted like a mini racetrack, a design that reflects grcic’s long-standing interest in formula 1 racing and the inspiration behind much of his work. here, they can try out some of his award-winning designs for themselves.

known for his logical designs, grcic is driven by an honesty of materials and appropriateness of production methods. his diverse output re-examines how an object should look and function, along with what its inherent relationship to the user should be. the work featured at the art institute, while spanning his career, are united by his foundational principles of simplicity, irony and subtle humor.

konstantin grcic, 360 chair, 2009 manufactured by magis image courtesy of the art institute of chicago

table B, 2009 manufactured by bd ediciones image courtesy of b ediciones

myto cantilever chair, 2008 manufactured by plank with BASF image courtesy of plank

landen, 2007 manufactured by vitra image courtesy of vitra

passmi il sale set, 2007 manufactured by serafino zani image courtesy of serafino zani

osorom seating element, 2005 manufactured by moroso image courtesy of plank

tip bucket, 2003 manufactured by authentics image courtesy of the art institute of chicago

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