Serious and functional, unwieldy and occasionally disconcerting, works by designer Konstantin Grcic combine an industrial aesthetic with experimental and artistic elements. Produced in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum, Konstantin Grcic's Panorama is his largest solo exhibition to date. The show includes large-scale installations projecting his personal visions for life in the future – a home interior, a design studio and an urban environment. These spaces stage fictional scenarios confronting the viewer with the designer’s inspirations, challenges and questions, as well as placing Grcic’s works in a greater social context – the highlight a 30-metre long panorama that depicts an architectural landscape of the future.
A fourth area titled The Archive of Things looks at Grcic’s daily work. Including many of his finished objects, works including Waver for Vitra, plus prototypes, drawings and background information. This part of the show also features the artefacts that have inspired Grcic – an old teapot, an early Apple computer and works by Marcel Duchamp, Gerrit Rietveld and Enzo Mari. In the shift of perspectives between larger and smaller scales, the exhibition demonstrates how design is more than mere problem solving for Grcic, but a highly complex process that integrates coincidences, ruptures, chance discoveries and a profound engagement with the visual culture of our time.
Konstantin Grcic – Panorama is on show at the Vitra Design Museum until 14 September 2014 and at the Z33 – House for contemporary art in Belgium from 1 February until 24 May 2015.
Read Alice Rawsthorn's review of the show in The New York Times.