Art Basel Miami Beach

Design Miami/ Chooses Konstantin Grcic as 2010 Designer of the Year

Design Miami/, one of the most seminal forums for international design, recently announced their coveted Designer of the Year Award. The winner, Munich-based Konstantin Grcic, will commission new work for the fair during Art Basel along with curating an exhibition of prominent work from his career.

The Designer of the Year Award traditionally celebrates an internationally acclaimed designer or studio whose assembly of work illustrates unprecedented quality, innovation, and significance, while challenging design boundaries. Previous winners include Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka, the Campana Brothers, and Maarten Baas.

Grcic founded his company, Konstantin Grcic

Industrial Design, in 1991 and has garnered worldwide esteem from his

work in the fields of furniture and product design to exhibition

undertakings and architecturally-oriented work. Not only is Grcic

considered one of the most influential designers, but he also has been

recognized for his methodical and boundless approach to industrial

design. Both his 360 degree stool and 360 degree chair have a home in

the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Earlier

this year, Grcic won Wallpaper's Furniture Designer of the Year Award.

As Acting Director of Design Miami, Wava Carpenter

was part of a selection committee that chose Grcic. Commenting on his

win: "Once nominated, our jury unanimously voted for Grcic -- a clear

testament to the strength of his work both throughout his career and

over the last twelve months. Konstantin's work in the last year has

demonstrated his incredible range and prolific talent."

For this year's Art Basel, Grcic designed a work titled Netscape.

The installation will be exhibited in the courtyard of Design Miami's

outdoor area with a temporary tent created by design studio Moorhead & Moorhead.

Grcic's work is considered functional and interactive; the artist

created a six-point, star-shaped structure from which 24 netted seats

will hang.

According to Grcic, the installation has a story behind it:

"I knew that I wanted to create something special for the

fair--something functional, but also something that incorporated my

ideas of what a place like Miami is like in December. The idea for the

commission was fairly immediate because the tent design by Moorhead

& Moorhead really lent itself to a project like this. It's a space

for people to enjoy."

In collaboration with Netscape,

an exhibition of Grcic's previous work, including his preferred and

most significant, will also be featured inside the fair. In total, 15

works will be presented. "I wanted to create a display that celebrates

the objects that allowed me to win this wonderful award," comments

Grcic. Some of the pieces are: The Blow Table for Established & Sons, The Miura Bar Stool for Plank, and The Tip Waste Bin for Authentics.

Along with, Design Miami has produced two films on the award-winning artist, his Netscape installment, and a chronicle of Design Miami. The videos can be watched here and here. The Design Miami show will run from December 1 through 5 in a lot adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center (Meridian Avenue and 19th Street in Miami Beach), and general admission tickets cost $25.