CLERICI, Konstantin Grcic’s new collection for Mattiazzi, radiates devout serenity.
Different variants, a classical bench and a lower, upholstered version —from armchair to three—seater— are suitable for diverse areas of application. The main concept and the fascination of CLERICI lie in the grand simplicity of the design.
Mattiazzi’s expert craftsmanship and experience make complex forms and experimental approaches possible. Grcic uses this capability to perfect a traditional form implemented in ultra high quality, emphasising its unpretentious aesthetics.
The CLERICI collection is a manifestation of Grcic’s intention to create new typologies. It also refers to Grcic’s first Mattiazzi collection, MEDICI, and is the logical continuation of a proven collaboration that aims to develop its own collection that bears Grcic’s individual signature within the Mattiazzi furniture family.
The philosophy and construction of CLERICI is consistent with the processes and material handling used in MEDICI — but they are less radical or dogmatic. Thanks to simple, solid construction that supports the most sophisticated cultivation of form, the benches in the CLERICI collection radiate a calm intensity that gives the rooms containing them — from museum to dressing room — an almost meditative atmosphere. This is an illustration of the designrelated concentration that Konstantin Grcic’s elegant, well—thoughtout objects reflect.
Konstantin Grcic (*1965) was 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. Amongst his renowned clients are Authentics, BD Ediciones, Classicon, Flos, Magis, Mattiazzi, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas — Rosenthal and vitra. Many of his products have received international design awards such as the prestigious Compasso d`Oro for his Mayday Lamp (Flos) in 2001 and the Myto Chair (Plank) in 2011. Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Pompidou /Paris).
Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. Each of his products is characterized by a 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.