“It would be true to say that HANSA-Viertel was inspirational for the DIN collection for Mutina,” says Konstantin Grcic. DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normierung, meaning German Institute for Standardisation. In Germany, an A4 sheet of paper is called DIN A4.
DIN represents an entirely new way of conceiving a modern mosaic. The collection is created in a strictly modular logic that allows one to play with the elements and offer a broad scope of possible applications, from simple concepts to the most complex ones, demonstrating almost unlimited flexibility. DIN comes in four sizes: 15×15 cm, 7.4×15 cm, 7.4×7.4 cm and 3.6×7.4cm, in 8 colours: White, Black, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Rose, Red. Each in two finishes: Matt and Glossy – a total of 64 ceramic tiles.
“Modularity creates flexibility. There are a lot of different ways to use DIN, from very basic to highly sophisticated. You can pick just one tile size in one finish, or combining different sizes in different colours and even vary between matt and glossy finishes.”
The four sizes are modular, with a joint of 2 mm. The possibility to combine several formats, textures, and colours guarantees excellent creativity that can adapt any tile pattern to the dimension of a specific wall or floor. DIN also develops into the third dimension, offering a range of elements for angles and profiles to create innovative architectural solutions and furnishing.
German artist and designer Konstantin Grcic joined the Mutina team in 2015 with the Numi collection. After studying design at the Royal College of Art in London, Konstantin Grcic opened his studio in Munich in 1991, where he developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the world’s leading design companies (Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Fl totto, Magis, Maharam, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani and Vitra). Many of his products received international design awards, such as the prestigious Compasso d’Oro for his Mayday lamp (Flos) in 2001 and the Muto chair (Plank) in 2011. Furthermore, they are displayed in permanent collections of the most important design museums (MoMA – New York, Centre Georges Pompidou – Paris). The Royal Society for the Arts appointed Konstantin Grcic Royal Designer for Industry in 2009, while Design Miami awarded him, Designer of the Year in 2010. A comprehensive monograph of his work was published by Phaidon Press, London (2005).