Founded in 1976 in the bustling north eastern corner of Italy by a newcorner to the furniture business. Eugenio Perazza,Magis is today a giant international design laboratory that constant puts itself to the test, seeking technological sophistication an employing a highly diversfied workforce.Magis seizes the day. It embraceces the creativity of leading global designers and channels it towards objects perched on the cutting edge.
Konstantin Grcic (*1965) was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Today Konstantin Grcic Design is based in Berlin and active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design and collaborations in architecture and fashion.
Among his producers, besides Magis, are Artek, Authentics, Cassina, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Kettal, Laufen, Mattiazzi, Muji, Mutina, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani and Vitra. From the fashion and lifestyle sector, Audi, Hugo Boss, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rado and smart/Daimler are some of his clients.
Many of his products have been awarded international design prizes. He received the Compasso d’Oro in 2001 for the Mayday lamp (Flos), 2011 for the Myto chair (Plank) and 2016 for the OK lamp (Flos). For Tom and Jerry from Magis’ series The Wild Bunch he received the German Design Award in Gold in 2011.
Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. His work is characterised by a careful research into the history of art, design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.
Red Dot Design Award 2015