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Numi

Numi

Mutina + Konstantin Grcic


Numi is a project consisting of squared tiles with a different, partially glazed geometric form. These shapes create a pattern which magnifies into architecture. The starting point is that matter is made out of discrete units. A philosophical concept as much as a biological fact. The ceramic tile represents a small unit which, once multiplied, turns into something larger than the sum of its parts.

Numi marks the beginning of the collaboration between Mutina and the German designer Konstantin Grcic. For the first time, Grcic has to deal with the ceramic surface and presents a book about research and inspirations with a very strong appeal to contemporary art. “Ceramic! Working at my very first collection for Mutina, I’ve come to value the beauty of this simple and ancient material. A lump of clay that becomes floor, coating. The idea of matter as something composed of so many units, is really fundamental. A philosophical concept as much as a biological fact. The ceramic tile simply represents this: a small unit which, once multiplied, turns into something larger than the sum of its parts.” Konstantin told us.

Numi is made of signs, handmade signs, specific signs, imperfect signs which become black stroke’s geometries. Sublimated through delicate contrasts and interpreted on a “soft” cement with natural and dusty pigments. Precise signs slowly become well-defined geometries, express through transparent and shiny patterns realized on a matt surface, creating delicate contrasts among matters.

Numini, in a smaller size - 5x5 cm - are based on the same principle, but they represent the sculptor soul of the collection, being characterized by a pattern that this time is created by the embossment and not by the glaze. The 6 geometries are carved on an extra matt background which reminds of Numi’s soft cement, emphasized by a smooth finishing and by the usual 6 dusty shades: light three-dimensional effects which create a linear movement. Mosaic pieces in size 5x5 cm, made in homogenous porcelain stoneware, are assembled with glue on sheets in 30x30 cm. In their arrangement every geometric shape is settled in exactly the same way to emphasize the lights and shadows. As in a mass production. The geometry’s embossment on the tile, around 0,6 mm of size, allows the coating to create an evocative effect.

About Konstantin Grcic 

Since setting up his own studio in Munich in 1991, Grcic has developed furniture and lighting products for some of the world’s leading design companies: Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Flötotto, Magis, Maharam, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani and Vitra. Many of his products have received international design awards such as the prestigious Compasso d’Oro (2001 and 2011), Grcic’s creations are present in some of the most important design museums (a.o. MoMA-New York, Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris). With “Konstantin Grcic-Panorama”, the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany) presented in 2014 the largest solo exhibition on Grcic and his work to date. The Royal Society for the Arts appointed Konstantin Grcic Royal Designer for Industry in 2009, in 2010 Design Miami awarded him Designer of the Year for 2010. A comprehensive monography of his work was published by Phaidon Press, London (2005).  

 

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