The 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards: 360° Work Chair by Konstantin Grcic

Although born in Munich Konstantin Grcic is in many ways an English trained designer. Following a carpentry apprenticeship at the renowned Parnham College, he undertook an MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating in 1990, Grcic spent a year working for Jasper Morrison before returning to Munich to establish KGID Office (Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design)

Often considered one of the modern masters of minimalism, Konstantin Grcic’s work is typified by its simple, clear, uncluttered form.

Among Grcic’s best known works are his Mayday lamp for flos, the ES shelf for Moormann and his Chair One for Magis.

Konstantin Grcic won the Brit Insurance Design Award 2009 with his MYTO Chair for plank.

But we can’t believe he will do it again, principally because  360° Work Chair is in many ways simply a modern reinvention of George Nelson’s 1964 Nelson Perch.

And so in that sense falls short of the Design Museum‘s own claim that the Design Awards are an “annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward-looking new work in design of all kinds”

Reworking George Nelson aint innovative. Or forward looking.

And whereas Grcic’s 2009 winning MYTO Chair could lay claim to being based on an innovative new plastic;  360° Work Chair is a combination of epoxy resin and aluminium. So nothing especially new there then

Conceived as a chair for short burst of work rather than for 8 hours at a desk, 360° Work Chair is a neat idea, nicely executed and is certainly a product for which there is a demand.

And while that may make it interesting for some. It’s just neither a new nor innovative design.

360° Work Chair by Konstantin Grcic

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: very low

Konstantin Grcic 360 work chair brit insurance design award

360 work chair by Konstantin Grcic shortlisted in the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010

george nelson nelson perch brit insurance design award

Nelson Perch by George Nelson ... compare and contrast

Konstantin Grcic MYTO chair brit insurance design award

MYTO chair by Konstantin Grcic winner of the furniture category at the 2009 Brit Insurance Design Awards

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