This week Design Miami held the 2010 design-art fair and named the 6th annual Designer of the Year– Konstantin Grcic. Previous winners of the award include Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Zaha Hadid, and Maarten Baas.
Grcic’s designs focus on simple utility. In an interview with the New York Times, Grcic said the following on function and simplicity: “I call myself an industrial designer, and industrial design, for me, means that I am concerned about these issues. Function, of course, primarily for the user. But as an industrial designer, we have to consider a lot of other functions as well: how it can be produced, storage and transportation, and even recycling the product after a certain lifecycle. All of these are functions, and this is what I like to think about. Logic is something that I always look for in projects. Logic, I think, can be inherent in projects, and related to materials, or to a particular producer or company that I’m working for. And simplicity, we’re always looking for simplicity. Simplicity in the sense of refinement — making things clearer, more pure, more legible and more accessible.”
Grcic has a variety of eye-catching pieces: 360 office chair, Myto cantilever chair, Diana side table, B chair, and so on. However, his most recognizable piece is probably Chair One.