Rookie is a small, agile and – by office standards – unconventionally simple chair. It provides a high level of immediate comfort with a minimal number of adjustments.
'Rookie is all about flexibility and change. Its design aesthetic symbolises that magic moment when something new is beginning, but everything is still up in the air. Equally suited as a single desk chair for students or in larger numbers across a wide range of corporate workplaces, Rookie is designed for environments that encourage the creation and exchange of ideas.' Konstantin Grcic
Both the seat and backrest of Rookie are height-adjustable. In addition to these classic functions of a task chair, other ergonomic features are directly incorporated into Rookie's structural design: the backrest flexes slightly when pressure is applied, and the front edge of the seat is unusually pliant.
Gas-assist injection moulding technology is used to manufacture Rookie's plastic seat shell, which extends upwards at the rear to support the backrest element. The matching shell components and base are available in either a light-toned or dark-toned version.
Konstantin Grcic trained as a cabinetmaker at the John Makepeace School in Dorset, England, before studying industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since founding his Munich-based practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in 1991, he has developed products, furniture and lighting for leading design companies. Many of Grcic's products have received international design awards and his work can also be found in the permanent collections of important design museums (such as MoMA, New York, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris). He has curated a number of design exhibitions, including DESIGN REAL for the Serpentine Gallery, London (2009), COMFORT for the Saint-Etienne Design Biennale (2010) and black2 for the Istituto Svizzero in Rome (2010). In 2012 he was responsible for the exhibition design of the German Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice.