Konstantin Grcic · In Periferia
Color photography (2011)
Reproduced on 100% Silk · Limited Edition of 100 · Size: 130 X 107 cm
Created on the occasion of AltaRoma 2012 "Les Objets Singulier" exhibition at Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino. Konstantin Grcic's project for Filed Under/Roma edition is based on a photo he took in one of the most relevant (although mostly unknown) examples of roman industrial archaeology: a small pavilion built by the architect Pier Luigi Nervi in 1945 in the city suburbs. It is the first experiment Nervi made to test his researches on statics and on innovative materials, which turned out to be revolutionary in terms of construction solutions and dynamic tension, enhancing his freedom of engineering high, light and audacious architectures.
The pavilion nowadays stands right in the middle of a private car parking and it is used as the indoor/long-term parking. In order to prevent additional damages from wild cars' reversing, the owners put a number of tyres along the lower sides of the perimetrical walls of the building. This paradoxical, and still touching, sense of apprehension and protection, is reported by Grcic in his photo portrait of one of the tyres that he decided to replicate on the scarf as a repeated pattern: the sequence of the revolved image makes the tyre appear moving along the silk surface, as an animated picture. (Text: Emanuela Nobile Mino)
Konstantin Grcic, born 1965, was trained as a cabinet maker before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design 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, Maharam, 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 worlds most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Pompidou/Paris). Most recently Konstantin Grcic has curated a number of significant design exhibitions such as DESIGN-REAL for The Serpentine Gallery, London (2009), COMFORT for the St.Etienne Design Biennale (2010) and BLACK2 for the Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2010). Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2009). The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) appointed Konstantin Grcic "Royal Designer for Industry", in 2010 he was fellow at Villa Massimo in Rome. Design Miami/ arwarded him the title "2010 Designer of the Year".