I love to see that, Grcic is still in the top “game”. Composing a low chair out of a series of planks, he created a new typology for Mattiazzi’s. Prior to the Medici chair, Sam Hecht and the Bouroullecs used Mattiazzi’s skills to create chairs with beautiful, organic forms. “I think for them, wood as raw material is a tree,” Grcic says. “But for me, it’s a cut board. I wanted to go back to my roots as a cabinet maker, and work with the material on a straightforward level.”
This boldness just gave him an “design of the year 2013” award, or the gov award already mentioned here, and of course the public reaction with lots of followers that gone to Isaloni to check out this unique piece. The chairs looks like a little awkward, but that awkwardness is what gives this piece the “Grcic” factor, that can be seen in so many pieces created by him.
The partnership with Mattiazzi was just the perfect match so he could create without corporate constrains like he says: “They know they will never sell thousands, they know what they are doing. The scale of Mattiazzi’s model means there is greater opportunity to experiment. They offer a niche – a chance to do something and make a strong statement and polarise people.”. Medici is more than a chair, its a hole new typology to a family of objects.