Konstantin Grcic joins Cassina again this year, eight years after the release of Kanu. The collaboration restarted when Cassina launched the Props furniture series, an architectural almost abstract exploration of design – and the result is the Soft Props sofa.

Designer Konstantin Grcic.

Designer Konstantin Grcic.

Both Grcic and Cassina’s heritage is evident in the development of this design. Soft Prop's exposed tubular rail hints at the Milanese subway handrails, part of a project by Franco Albini and Bob Noorda, or the railings on the large transatlantic ships that Cassina furnished in the 1950s. Konstantin Grcic developed this architectural element by using the rail to outline the sofa, creating a protective boundary that defines space within space. Soft Props can be combined in various ways, starting from its most abstract element, the ottoman, the sofa can be constructed, and re-constructed, to suit a space.  

I wanted to make a piece of furniture that is spatial, something more abstract, without compromising comfort
— Konstantin Grcic
The Soft Props Sofa designed by Konstantin Grcic for Cassina and released at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2017.

The Soft Props Sofa designed by Konstantin Grcic for Cassina and released at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2017.

Konstantin Grcic trained as a cabinetmaker at the John Makepeace School in the UK and studied design at the Royal College of Art in London. His studio is based in Munich and many of his products have received international awards including the Compasso d’Oro for his Mayday lamp (Flos) in 2001, the Myto chair (Plank) in 2011 and the OK lamp (Flos) in 2016.

Breuer and Bauhaus inspired me to study design in the first place, but they have both marked such untouchable territory in design, you don’t dare to go anywhere near it.
— Konstantin Grcic
This Will Be The Place examines contemporary living today, with research and contributions by leading design figures including Konstantin Grcic.

This Will Be The Place examines contemporary living today, with research and contributions by leading design figures including Konstantin Grcic.

It is Konstantin Grcic’s constant research into the use of furniture in its architectural context that forms part of a larger study commissioned by Cassina as part of their new book ‘This Will Be The Place’. Lavishly illustrated, the monograph examines and questions the evolving dynamics of contemporary lifestyles around the world, including various locations in Spain, Sicily and Lake Como. Five distinct interiors are proposed, differentiated by style, material, and geography, with contributions by leading figures including Arno Brandlhuber, Beatriz Colomina, Zhao Yang, Martti Kalliala and Konstantin Grcic.

‘This Will Be The Place’, will launch at the Milan Furniture Fair this year to mark Cassina’s 90th anniversary.

The Cassina collection is exclusively available from Space Furniture – Australia – and Space Furniture – Asia.

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