Since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery has presented its annual Pavilion commission, the only architecture project of its ambition worldwide. Following the international success of the Pavilion programme, the Serpentine is now developing its commitment to design by inviting German product designer Konstantin Grcic to curate Design Real, a groundbreaking presentation of contemporary design.
Perhaps even more so than contemporary art, design reflects the world it inhabits. Across the world, there is a growing awareness of design and its impact on everybody’s daily lives. Grcic’s selection for Design Real focuses on ‘real’ items: products that are currently in production, have a practical function in everyday life and are available for everyone to buy. The exhibition will present a wide range of
objects by leading international designers and manufacturers, from furniture and household products to technical and industrial innovations.
By highlighting objects that have made a significant impact on the world and that are widely available and accessible to all, the exhibition will provide new perspectives from which to look at the material world around us and to encourage new insights into design.
Design Real will feature a research space specially designed by Grcic, where visitors will investigate the origins and applications of the products on view, which will also be the setting for a series of public events.
One of the most influential figures in 21st-century design, Konstantin Grcic, born in Munich in 1965, founded Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in 1991. KGID specialises in various fields of design ranging from industrial products to exhibition design. Grcic’s products have received prestigious international design awards and form part of the permanent collections of institutions including the Museum of
Modern Art, New York, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.
Design Real is curated by Konstantin Grcic, in association with Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, and Kathryn Rattee, Curator, Serpentine Gallery.