Konstantin Grcic to receive Design Miami award

November 18, 2010

Industrial designer, Konstantin Grcic, to be presented with Design Miami’s Designer of the Year award.

Design Miami has announced that German designer Konstantin Grcic will be presented with the 2010 Designer of the Year award when the fair opens in December.

Each year, Design Miami awards the prize to an international designer in recognition of “a designer or studio whose body of work demonstrates unmatched quality, innovation, and influence, while expanding the boundaries of design”.

The recipient must demonstrate a consistent history of outstanding work, as well as a significant project or milestone achieved within the preceding twelve months. Wava Carpenter, Acting Director of Design Miami, said: “Konstantin’s work in the last year has demonstrated his incredible range and prolific talent. His ability to work in multiple contexts simultaneously is the hallmark of today’s most successful and enduring designers, who of necessity are highly sensitive and responsive to the fluctuating demands of the market and the rapidly evolving discourse surrounding design.”

Grcic is the sixth recipient of the award, following in the footsteps of illustrious international designers Tokujin Yoshioka, Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, the Campana Brothers and Maarten Baas.

At this year’s Design Miami, Grcic will create a sculptural installation called Netscape – a six point, star-shaped structure from which seats made of netting will be suspended. The hanging chairs, on display in one of the fair’s outdoor courtyards, will swing slightly when used. “I wanted to create something functional, but also something that incorporated my ideas of what a place like Miami is like in December… It’s a space for people to enjoy,” explains Grcic.

In addition to the Netscape installation, an exhibition of Grcic’s work will be on display in the main fair. Designs on show will include the Blow Table for Established & Sons (2010), the Miura Bar Stool for Plank (2005), and the Tip Waste Bin for Authentics (2003). The display will also feature images of the Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) studio. Grcic explained: “We chose to display these 15 pieces in front of images of the studio as a way to invite people into our world. You see the ‘mess’ behind what we do, but also the inspiration.”

Design Miami runs from 30 November to 6 December 2010.

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