Barbican is a refuge and a stronghold. Konstantin Grcic has created a compact, geometric divan with a purity of form and a big personality, that offers a modern update on the traditional chaise and corner sofa.
The asymmetric, plinth-like base of the Barbican is wrapped in a stretchy, knitted fabric with a tonal, speckled pattern, that encases the base like a piece of clothing. Comfort is provided by pillows and memory-foam toppers upholstered in bold, block colours. The design’s twin-colour cushions are used in combination and provide quick access to multiple looks. Designed to make an impact in any position within a space, Barbican can fulfil a wide range of needs, from seating islands to reading nooks.
Konstantin Grcic completed his MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art, London in 1990 and went on to work for Jasper Morrison, where he honed his approach to design. Grcic’s designs remain true to form and are characterised by careful research and a passion for technology and materials. In 1991, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) was founded. Many KGID designs have received international design awards and are also a part of the permanent collections at MoMA, New York, Centre Goerges Pompidou, Paris and Die Neue Sammlung, Munich. In 2012 Konstantin won Best of Best, Interior Innovation Award, Germany for PRO.