Back in Black

December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment


December 14, 2010


gravestone 70 x 40 x 6 cm black granite image © designboom

One can say that Konstantin Grcic is hip to be square, if one would say such a thing. Herr Grcic (pronounced Gear-titchich) has found beauty and inspiration in the simplicity of a black rectangle. So much so that he has put together a collection of items for an exhibition at the Swiss Institute of Rome called Black2.


‘centurion’ credit card, american express, 1999 designer: continuum designs innovation 8.5 x 5.4 cm titanium image © designboom

Industrial designer Grcic always admired both the color and the shape. Konstanin said in an article in the New York Times that “They can be extremely elegant and sophisticated, or very basic, but they are such strong and powerful parts of our lives that it is impossible to imagine a world without them.”


bachelor hat 23.5 x 23.5 x 10 cm satin


‘the bella combination’ art noveau style fireplace 106 x 104 x 15 cm cast iron image © designboom

Konstanin asks…“How is it that so many different things made in so many different ways end being black rectangles?”


tetsubin teapot’, mount everest tea 16 x 14 x 10.5 cm cast iron, enamel, stainless steel filter image © designboom

“They can be extremely elegant and sophisticated, or very basic, but they are such strong and powerful parts of our lives that it is impossible to imagine a world without them.”


‘sudoku cube’, 2006 designer: jay horowitz 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm plastic image © designboom

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