BdbarcelonaWith reference to Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair, this striking bench system is the latest addition to BD Barcelona Design’s Extrusions Collection by German designer Konstantin Grcic
Launched this past Spring at IMM Cologne, the international furnishing show, Bench B is the most recent addition to Grcic’s Extrusions Collection. The Bench B recently won the Silver Delta prize in the ADI-FAD Delta Awards, Spain’s most prestigious awards for the best Industrial Design of the year.
Grcic noted: “We started working on the bench as a family of elements from very short, like a one-seater side chair, to a long bench of up to 6 meters. It can be for indoor or outdoor, it can have arms or not, it can be upholstered or left pure aluminum. I think we have created a kit of parts which can be turned to very different typologies or uses of this bench.”
“What is interesting about this bench is that it makes reference to a very famous piece of furniture: The Barcelona Chair designed by Mies van der Rohe.” Bench B follows Grcic’s initial extrusion-based program for Table B,which uses a series of extruded sections to create an expansive top, with alternative bases. The resulting aesthetic “is the product of a combination of industrial andmanual processes. The result is a “highly crafted” piece which surprises with its solidity and lightness.”
Subsequently, and to complement the table, Grcic designed the B Chair, a wooden (natural ash) chair with an aluminum extruded tube in its structure, allowing the seat to fold and the chair to be stacked.
To hear, and see Grcic discuss the Extrusions Collection:
About Konstantin Grcic: Grcic was born in Munich in 1965, apprenticed as a cabinet maker at Pamham College in the UK in the mid-80’s and received a MA in Industrial Design from London’s Royal College of Art in 1990. He founded Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) a year later. Many of his products have received international design awards and form part of the permanent collections of leading museums, including MOMA/New York, and Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris. His products are characterized by his careful research into the history of design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.
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