If you think of the year 2000 as an apartment and try to describe it, you would most probably include Konstantin Gricic’s Chair One in your description. With a strikingly designed seat and a massive concrete foot, it’s a much discussed, attention-grabbing and even polarizing piece of design. Some regard it as a modern classic; others, a would-be prop from a Batman movie or as a piece whose main stylistic reference points are some sort of over constructed stealth bomber.
That Munich-based designer Grcic, creator of numerous award-winning designs, has a strong impact on the global design community is clear however.
One of his biggest fans and a personal friend, fashion designer Leyla Piedayesh from Lala Berlin, welcomed us in her studio to present her very own Grcic chair.
Leyla met Konstantin at a seminar discussion of the German design landscape a number of years ago and the two designers soon became friends. Since their first encounter Layla has come to admire more than just Konstantin’s chairs and values his work and approach in general: “What I like about his work is the feeling of the closeness between him and his creations.“
Leyla has a collection of different versions of the Chair One in her studio on Anklamerstraße, where she is currently working on the new Lala Berlin collection. The chairs give the loft-like room an edgy profile, matching the concrete floors. “Back then I was more into playful and cuddly designs. In the 90s I worked as an interior designer for a short period and was responsible for a number of romantic and baroque styled rooms,” she says laughing. “Nowadays I like straight lines and a rather clean look. I often bring single pieces from my travels and try to find fitting combinations of stone, wood and fabrics. And I love high ceilings and see lots of my design collections working in interiors as well, especially the more graphic ones. Furthermore, I always wanted to design a rug; maybe I will one day.”
Hands-on and imaginative as we know Leyla is, we’re sure after our short talk about design that she is more than capable of doing so.
Text: Sarah Weinknecht, Photography: Phillip Langenheim
by Freunde von Freunden