Since its origins in the 1970’s, BD has always been an atypical company. Its founders and still current owners, who come from an architectural background rather than the business field, have oriented BD’s production from the very start by cultivating beauty, in some cases above their function.
Born in Munich in 1965-1987. Apprenticeship as cabinet maker at Parnham College, UK, 1988-1990 MA in Industrial Design, Royal College of Art, London. Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) was founded in 1991. The office specializes in various fields of design ranging from furniture and industrial products to exhibition design and architecture related work. KGID is working for some of the leading names of the international design industry.
Many of Konstantin Grcic´s products have received international design awards (a.o. winner of the Compasso d`Oro for the lamp MAYDAY in 2001) and form part of the permanent collections of the world´s most prestigious museums (MoMA / New York, Centre Georges Pompidou / Paris, Die Neue Sammlung / Munich amongst others). In June 2005 PHAIDON Press London published the first comprehensive monography about the work of Konstantin Grcic. Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour.
Each of his products is characterized by his careful research into the history of design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials. Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.