Characterised by careful research into the history of art, design, architecture, and a passion for technology and materials, German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic is known for his pared-down, reductionist aesthetic. Applying elements of simplicity and minimalism in his work through a combination of geometric shapes and understandable design, Konstantin shows no sign of slowing down, 30 years since he set up his own office in Munich in 1991.
Created for renowned Italian furniture brand, Mattiazzi, Primo exemplifies the archetypal chair. Its design comprises only the most essential elements: four legs, seat, and backrest. The strictly vertical orientation of its legs gives the chair a strong architectural presence. However, the formal strictness is disrupted by the curved backrest, which seems to levitate on the ends of the chair’s hind legs. Standing on its own, Primo is distinctively sculptural. When multiplied, the chair conveys unassuming modesty, making it ideal for a wide variety of uses in the home and contract markets.
Primo’s basic model is made of solid beech wood. The black lacquered version brings out the chair’s solid and elegant silhouette. In gold, Primo celebrates itself as an ultimate icon. For additional comfort and sophistication, the chair also comes in solid oak with an upholstered leather seat. All models of Primo chair are stackable. Matching the chair’s minimalist design are the stool and the four-legged Primo table in different finishes and dimensions. The table square-sectioned legs, fixed to each tabletop corner, are detachable, allowing space-saving for ecological shipment.
Today, Konstantin Grcic Design GmbH is based in Berlin. The office is active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design, and architectural collaborations.