Konstantin Grcic (b. 1965) is one of the world’s most important industrial designers. Grcic was named Design Miami’s 2010 Designer of the Year, and the same year he won the Wallpaper Design Award in the Furniture designer of the year category.
”Function has always been the essential motivation for design. This has been captured precisely and famously by the Architect Sullivan, when he coined the term "Form follows function". Still today function remains the main driving force in design. However, the interpretation of what function means has significantly broadened. The function of an object refers not only to its practical use. 'Function' contains many considerations that affect many aspects of a product's life.
Besides its practical function, good design has to evoke our emotional senses. The identity of a product, the way it looks, feels, the memories it stores - all this is just as important for, let's say a chair as its comfort, stackability etc.
On another level there are functions, which are less apparent to the end user. An object has to be produceable, which is a function in itself, just as the fact that it can be stored away, packaged, dispatched. Even its afterlife is to be considered: can a product be repaired in case it fails, how will it be disposed or recycled? My concept of 'multifunction' doesn't aim at a literal interpretation only - objects that unify multiple practical functions. Multifunctional refers to the many different layers of functions within a product life cycle and they are all relevant in identifying the ecological profile”.
- Konstantin Grcic