Munich native Konstantin Grcic is one of the most influential industrial designers of our time and has been recognised with the highest honours in his profession. You could draw a family tree of the Munich design scene with him at its apex, branching out further and further via his students Stefan Diez and Clemens Weisshaar to their students Steffen Kehrle and Ana Relvão.
They are all responsible for making Munich the design capital of Germany. This is where practically everything considered to be new German industrial design is created. The proximity to industry and the immense expertise possessed by the businesses and colleagues were also what convinced Ana to give up her office in Lisbon – but those were not the only factors. One summer day, she fell in love with the city. The whole team was on the banks of the Isar for a swim followed by a riverside picnic. Munich, after all, isn’t just functional. Munich is also simply beautiful.
Source: Abridged version of the article “Design aus München. Wo die schönen Dinge wohnen” by Alard von Kittlitz, published on 20 February 2014 in ZEITmagazin no. 09/2014, Hamburg