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Kanu Armchair

c. 2008

by Konstantin Grcic
for Cassina

Kanu Armchair

by Konstantin Grcic
for  Cassina

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The Kanu Armchair presents a revo­lu­tion­ary design, where the semi-circu­lar profile and the thin plywood of the frame meet in a refined linear fashion. The complex produc­tion process involves two molds, one for the outer, and one for the inner parts of the frame. The two parts are curved and shaped accord­ing to their differ­ent func­tions, and they meet in an invit­ing comfort­able seat. While maxi­miz­ing their inher­ent resis­tance and tension, Kanu exploits the volumes ensur­ing the two sheets of plywood fit together, without the need for fixing devices.

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Konstantin Grcic

Germany (1965)

“Designing a lamp is no longer limited to working around a given bulb. Today, it means designing the actual bulb or light source. This challenged me to think of Parentesi, a lamp that celebrated the traditional bulb in the most effective and beautiful way. Would it be possible to rethink the Parentesi lamp once more and pass the Manzù-Castiglioni torch on to the future? – Konstantin Grcic

Born in 1965 in Munich, Konstantin Grcic developed his particular aesthetic and became a well-known industrial designer. In 1991, he founded Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design in his hometown. His design work was often informed by his foundation in traditional cabinetmaking and included furniture, lighting, and accessories, often with the incorporation of unusual or innovative materials. Grcic uses injection molded plastic and aluminum die casting for the overall design of furniture pieces rather than regulating these materials to simple structural components. He has collections featured both at MoMA in New York City and the Deutsches Museum in Munich. He has collaborated with Authentics, Flos, Krups, Magis, Moroso, Muji, Plank, and Vitra. Notable pieces by Grcic include Chair_One and the Mayday lamp.

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