Myto chair by Konstantin Grcic



Milan 08: industrial designer Konstantin Grcic will launch Myto, a new cantilevered chair for design brand Plank at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan next month.


The chair is made of Ultradur High Speed, an advanced engineering plastic made by chemical manufacturer BASF.


BASF have commissioned Grcic to design an installation at the museum to launch the chair.


"The exhibition takes the visitor to an imaginary laboratory that is inspired by original BASF work environments and will focus on the design and development process of the project," says Grcic's office. "Design models, images, videos and pictures of the MYTO project offer a transparent documentation and explanation of the ‘making of’."


Photos are by Plank Collezioni.


Here's some info from Grcic:



A milestone in the history of the cantilever chair


The cantilever chair

The German designer Konstantin Grcic used the typology of the cantilever chair as a reference for MYTO as the original cantilever chair is synonymous with the beginning of modern furniture design.

He designed what is – in terms of its formal construction – a unique chair by fully utilizing the extraordinary properties of the used material.
Konstantin Grcic managed to re-interpret the subject of the cantilever chair with Ultradur® High Speed.

The material

The particular strength and high flowabiliy of the PBT plastic called Ultradur ® High Speed enable a unique transition from a thick to a thin cross-section.

The chair which is produced as a monoblock presents a strikingly stable frame into which the seat and the backrest fit perfectly with their net-like perforations.


Right from the beginning, KGID and BASF involved the Italian furniture company Plank to produce the chair. BASF was the initiator and the driving force throughout the entire process with its expertise regarding the innovative material.

Record development time

The first design for the chair in which the material properties were optimally utilized was created within a relatively short time.

"Normally it would take around two to three years to develop a chair" says Grcic. But with the constructive dialog among those involved in the project, the chair will be on the market after a little more than one year of planning and production. "This level of efficiency is unprecedented. To implement projects within a group of experts in such a short time is visionary in the field of design," reckons Grcic.

Official launch in April 2008

MYTO was presented for the first time on the BASF stand at K 2007, the world's biggest trade fair for the plastics industry. The fair took place from 24th of October until 31st of October in Duesseldorf, Germany.

The official launch of the chair is scheduled for the Milan furniture fair 2008 after finalisation of the design and development process.

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  • Beautiful. I also like the variety of colors it comes in.

  • Zenza

    Pure ID, yet I wouldn’t buy one… Sorry Grcic. You rock anyway :)

  • Arch

    uhm… a chair.
    it’s not easy to design cantilever chairs though.
    my regards to the one who discovered the Ultradur. clap clap.

  • zuy

    Grcic initiated 2 trends = “fractal design” and “hole design “… and bring great personnality to products
    He is also a talented industrial designer that REdesign this cantilever chair with perforations and introduces an innovative new material with a making off !!!!Education in design is important for students , designers , companies, media,distributors and end users). He did great installation …so Milan will be great for Plank (reduction of 15% of nb of italian comp in wood chairs)
    An other way to design in Milan 2008 is much more provocative:

  • Thank you Konstantin for always being so innovative.
    Sometimes Design is becomming so boring, but this chair proves that there is hope.

  • Rahman

    fantastic design!!!!!

  • zuy

    “Design is becoming so boring, there is hope….with Konstantin…”
    Yes but see also the history of design….

  • Ben

    Plastic fantastic, an impressive piece of moulding, wonder if its solid plastic or gass injected. It looks like it should be metal, perhaps this is the cheese grater like perforations, angled geometry that makes it look thin. Can’t wait to sit in one, sure to be a classic, keep em coming.

  • zuy

    see the rendering of Konstantin G. and design process

  • jl

    Right up there with the Charles Eames chair designs.

  • Mies V.D.R

    ¨A milestone in the history of the cantilever chair¨ – And i thought milestones happen only in retrospective… Can You please tone down the arrogance…?
    Oh, and by the way, i just hope the name (Myto) does not refer to that grand Greek word… Mythos (did anybody say Arrogance around here ?)

  • zuy

    Mythos is a Greek word meaning “story, legend” …Starck branding is more funny…he is a mytho too…

  • nils

    interesting chair, but i’m more interested in what the environmental impact is of manufacturing these out of BASF’s Ultradur (polybutylene terephthalate)… i’m a little hesitant of design teaming up with chemical manufacturers.

  • Konstantin is a great designer, and was very cool to allow publishing of his process of this chair in ICON mag. I love his stuff, but I still have issues with the seat plane angle……

    Maybe it flexes into the proper position…..?


    All my best to Konstantin and BASF at MIlan!

  • zuy

    1/ to answer D-Man (D= deutsch? ) i think Konstantin is very precise…but often iconic is not always ergonomic….
    2/Do you know the 3 other designers in competition to design a chair with ultra dur BASF?
    3/I think the communication process is conducted by BASF not by the designer even Planck , with a new material lauching the making of is usual…

  • zuy

    link to the video on icon eye

  • zuy

    Do you know the 3 other designers in competition to design a chair with ultra dur BASF?
    BASF invited four renowned designers, 3 from germany eg Grcic and 1 from UK…