Q&A: Renowned Industrial Designer Konstantin Grcic's 3 Favorite Things

"One of the most influential designers of our time" reads by the light of a construction-chic lamp of his own making.

Known for his use of color and geometric shapes, Munich native Konstantin Grcic, 48, has collaborated with major manufacturing and design brands like Herman Miller, Muji, and Flos; his Myto chair (pictured below) resides in MoMA's permanent collection; and this month, Germany's Vitra Design Museum hosts "Panorama," a major exhibition of his work. Here, Grcic reveals some of his can't-live-without pieces.

Myto chair

360 chair

In His Home: "There's a small chair I have in my bedroom that was created by my friend, the Swedish designer Mats Theselius, probably over 15 years ago. It's primitive, exaggerated—like a cartoon of a chair. It's the kind of beautiful thing that I could never do."

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At The Show: "The Mayday Lamp (pictured below) I made for [the Italian lighting company] Flos is one of my favorites. It comes in handy in all sorts of situations: the garage, for working on the old Mercedes-Benz; the garden, where it can hang from a tree; on the floor, when you need to get the cat from behind the cupboard. Personally, I have one next to my bed for late-night reading."

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Mayday Lamp

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From The Past: "In the sixties, the great Italian master Ettore Sottsass was designing some of the first computers, but at the same time he was making these amazing handcrafted ceramic vases. He managed to combine the two. His ceramics have a very rational quality, while the typewriters have an emotional aspect (pictured below)."


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Photograph courtesy of Martin Kreuzer and MoMA.
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