Konstantin Grcic at Milan 2011

Konstantin Grcic talks about his design process from prototyping to preferred materials.

In this interview with Konstantin Grcic at the Salone del Mobile in 2011, the German industrial designer lets us into his studio's design process. He likes to work hands-on when investigating an idea: "I need the physical feedback of testing things," he says. "I don't have a preferred material but I have to experience something, have it in my hand and feel its weight, its temperature, its structural strength, its sound."
He has the finely honed attention to craft that comes from his training as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School in Dorset, England. He went on to study design at the Royal College of Art in London before 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, including Magis, Established & Sons, Flos, Artek and Vitra.