Konstantin Grcic’s Chair One was designed for Magis in 2004. Manufactured in cast aluminium, the shape is futuristic and highly original. The chairs seem to present a digital quality about that is highly suggestive of computer manipulation but, ironically, much of the early development work was done using cardboard mock-ups.
The castings are coated in the deliciously described “sputtered fluorinated titanium” and then usually polyester powder-coated, although there is a polished aluminium version available too.
The original 4-legged version has since been joined by a variety of developments including a quad-pod swivel base, a concrete base and a public seating system. None of these seem to dilute the purity of the original, which I think speaks volumes.
Konstantin is one of the most brilliant designers currently working and Chair One is certainly a very significant piece of design.