Designer: Konstantin Grcic
Location: Munich, Germany
Rival is a minimalist design created by Germany-based designer Konstantin Grcic. Konstantin Grcic’s first design for Artek, the multifunctional task chair called Rival, reflects its roots in the historical company with a technical finesse that transforms it into an entirely modern piece of furniture for contemporary living.
Rival is designed with people working from home in mind. In its use of materials, Rival reflects its roots in the legacy of Artek, with a mix of solid birch for the legs and laminated birch for the arms and back, and in the circular geometry of the seat. But it also has a technical finesse, which transforms it into an entirely modern piece of furniture. The swivel function offers a psychological clue as to the purpose of the chair – a multifunctional task chair for contemporary living.
Grcic designed legs milled from one piece of solid birch. This technique has recently been used in a number of chairs, resulting in the wood taking on a fluid quality more like moulded plastic than timber. But Grcic has maintained a more conventional form that reflects the materiality of birch. The birch of the back and the arms is displayed in a saw-cut lamella.