At first look, the 360 Degree Chair and Stool is somewhat befuddling: it looks sort of like a chair, but not quite. Is something missing? Dynamic, active, and constantly moving, Konstantin Grcic’s unique design differs from most chairs because its shape does not encourage long or static sitting. Instead, the 360 Degree Chair encourages its user to shift frequently and challenge the very purpose of a chair and of what it means to sit. After a test, a writer for Icon magazine reported that, “sitting on it in a traditional way is the least successful approach—you feel a vertiginous sensation that everything that should be there isn’t.”
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About Konstantin Grcic
With his minimalist reassessments of conventional industrial objects, Konstantin Grcic emerged from the 1990s as one of the leading voices of industrial and furniture design. Trained in his native Germany as a furniture maker, Grcic understands the applications and mechanics of design, which translate to his simple forms and willingness to let materials dictate the object’s character. Increasingly, Grcic is interested in the role technology plays in daily life, leading him to create his iconic Chair One from 2004, an airy seat composed of thin, metal struts that form a web of triangle shapes. The chair was designed with a 3D-modeling program and fabricated with a die-cast, an unusual process for an object of its scale.
German, b. 1965, Munich, Germany