Magis was born in August 1976 and just a few weeks later, the company at the Milan Furniture Fair appeared (in those days it was held in September). Since then, each year it has participated in the Fair to present its new products. And obviously, also this year Magis is bringing along its new things, however not like in the past as projects in the prototype stage, but as finished products. This is good news: the sign of a mature company. Now there is no longer the slightest shadow of doubt connected to the transmutation from prototype to product. Thatâ€™s a risk thatâ€™s often slithering around the Magis products, because it always works on the edge, exploring the outer limits of technology to an extent where precious few other design manufacturers go. Twenty-one new products for the 2006 Fair, concluding a three-year design cycle that resulted in perhaps the best annual harvest that Magis has ever reaped in its 30-year existence.
Konstantin Grcic was born in 1965, and trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID), in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the leading companies in the design field. His more renowned clients include Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Magis, Mattiazzi, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas-Rosenthal and Vitra. He has created a number of limited-edition pieces for Galerie Kreo in Paris since 2004. Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining strict forms with considerable mental acuity and humour. Each of his products expresses a careful research into the history of design and architecture, and his passion for technology and materials. Known for his pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist, but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity. Many of his products have received international design awards, such as the prestigious Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos) in 2001 and his MYTO chair (Plank) in 2011. Works by Konstantin Grcic are part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (including MoMA/New York and Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris).