konstantin grcic interview© designboom




we met konstantin grcic in his studio in munich the 21.08.2000




designboom (DB): what is your best moment of the day?


konstantin grcic (KG): the morning, from 8 to 9.




DB: what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?


KG: a lot of music, i always listen to music, lots of surf-punk, mostly music with electric guitars.

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‘beach measure’ graphics on a beach towel for moeve




DB: do you listen to the radio?


KG: no.




DB: what books do you have on your bedside table?


KG: right now “the yellow pencil” (der gelbe bleistift) by christian kracht.




DB: do you read design magazines?


KG: no, i don’t read them, but i flip through them.

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belle + bon, 1999, eggcup and spoon for porzellan manufaktur nymphenburg




DB: newspapers? where do you get news from?


KG: süddeutsche zeitung, every day.




DB: do you notice how women are dressing? do you have any preferences?


KG: in the summer a woman with a beautiful dress is very noticable.

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mayday, 1998, portable lamp for flos




DB: what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?


KG: for example, I never wear shorts.




DB: do you have any pets?


KG: no.

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bucket, 1997, for authentics




DB: where do you work on your designs and projects?


KG: in terms of space usually in my studio, and then in my head.




DB: who would you like to design something for?


KG: for industry.

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left: leopolda + leopoldino, 1997, armchair and table for montinaright: zig zag, 1996, dismantelable shelf for driade




DB: do you discuss or exchange ideas with other designers?


KG: I have good friends who are designers, and dialogue is very important for me. the person I talk with most is sebastian bergne.




DB: describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.


KG: I would say current, feasible and realistic.

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tam tam + tom tom, 1992, height adjustable tables for scp




DB: do you think that design is an autonomous cultural expression? do you think it’s a form of art?


KG: I think of design as a cultural expression. it is an autonomous discipline…but not like a cultural expression. it is closely linked to communication and other fields of art. I don’t like the idea of design being defined “art”. as a source of inspiration, art is very important for me … so is the cinema and music.




DB: which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?


KG: and which do you like the most? the “mayday” lamp for flos.




DB: do you enjoy your work? what did you want to be when you were a child?


KG: the thing I enjoy the most, since I was a child, is to make things. I still love my work, because I make 3D objects in my studio. I have become what I wanted to be when I was a child, though I didn’t know the word “design”.

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left: start, 1993, folding chair for cappelliniright: clothes-hanger-brush, 1992, for progetto oggetto (cappellini)




DB: is there any architect or designer from past you appreciate a lot?


KG: there are many. some because of their life’s work, like sottsass or castiglioni, others are very important for me perhaps because of a single design item.




DB: what about colleagues, are there any particular ones you appreciate?


KG: jasper morrison has been and is very important for me, sebastian bergne is a close friend and phillippe starck, alberto meda.




DB: on the news they said that italians are afraid of unemployment, criminality and pollution. what are you afraid of regarding the future?


KG: I’m not afraid of anything, that has made me reflect a lot, in this new millennium, is that our lives are so short and so important to us.