Details: 360° by Konstantin Grcic
by Gimena / June 24, 2009


It's safe to say the 360° chair is a love it or hate it product, one of those objects that are impossible to ignore. The unique office chair designed by Konstantin Grcic and manufactured by Magis is striking for its unconventional proportions and the somewhat odd choice of materials.

(In fact it's a lightning rod, see the 360° on trial at Abitare - via @designunseen on Twitter)



The disruptive geometrical shape and its compact size are something hard to digest at first sight, it actually took me a while before I could perceive and appreciate the chair's essence.

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Designed for dynamic seating, the designer took into consideration people (like himself) that like to constantly change positions while working and proposed a chair that not only supports those movements but actually encourages them.

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You can sit straight or sideways, you can rest your arms on the backrest or lean completely on the back while sitting backwards, you can also swivel and regulate the height.

Using the 360° chair is not about relaxing and finding a comfortable position, it's about moving and changing positions on a chair meant to do so.

Every detail of this product is designed to enhance the strong functional concept; this is by no way a shy object.

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The steel-supporting frame has a metal ring in the base with the angle scale embossed in it, a numeric indication of the freedom of movement the chair supports. The seat is composed of a one-piece moulded polyurethane foam, with no upholstery whatsoever, and a big handle for better manipulation.

Konstantin Grcic's pragmatic approach to design has produced an intriguing product; trying is mandatory in order to understand its deep functional roots and I'm looking forward to doing so.


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