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Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in June 2008 and founded studio mischer’traxler in 2009.  Their interest in the organic and technological combines to create useful objects that also serve as a record.   They make visible and solid the interrelated processes of the natural world we occupy and demonstrate that the far away can be very close and the very little can be significant.  These projects seek to suggest new meaning in the things we create and new systems of production. (tv)



The Idea of a Tree

This concept was inspired by a certain fascination for machines and nature.

A tree is a product of its specific time and place. It reacts and develops according to its surrounding and constantly records various environmental impacts in its growth process. Each single tree tells its own story of development.

The goal of 'the idea of a tree'- project was to bring the recording qualities of a tree and its dependence on natural cycles into products.

Therefore machines were developed which are recording and producing at the same time.

The final outcome is an autonomous mechanical production process which is a hybrid combination of natural input and mechanical process. It involves the translation of natural inputs through a mechanical apparatus in order to create one object a day. The recorder is totally dependent on sun light. Driven by solar energy, it reacts and incorporates the light intensity into an object.

The outcoming object reflects the various sunshine conditions that occur during a day. Like a tree the object becomes a three dimensional recording of its process and time of creation.

The machine starts producing when the sun rises and stops when the sun settles down. After sunset, the finished object can be ‘harvested’.
It slowly grows the object, by pulling threads through a colouring device, a glue basin and finally winding them around a mould.
The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sunhours of the day. The thickness of the layer and the colour is depending on the amount of sun-energy. (more sun = thicker layer and paler colour; less sun=thinner layer and darker colour)

RealLimited Series

'limited moths' is part of the RealLimited series, which points our Limitations in Reality. -A rare Austrian moth species is portrait in copper. As a huge swarm, the moths are flying towards a light bulb. Some single moths are placed randomly on the wall. Each copper moth is numbered and represents one moth left in reality. Each swarm (lamp) is unique.

The number of the limited edition 4-5 derives directly from nature. As there are just estimated 800-1100 individual moths of that species left in Austria, we just make 4-5 lamps depending on the size of the swarm

species: Marumba quercus, rare nocturnal moth

conservation status Austria: critically endangered

'limited fungi' is part of the RealLimited series, which points out limitations in reality. - An endangered Austrian fungi species is figured in tin, growing on an old 'rotten' wooden board. Each tin mushroom is numbered and represents one mushroom left in reality. A part of the generated money goes to the project 'Baumpension' (retired tree) by the Naturschutzbund Austria, which protects old dying trees as habitat for fungi, moss and insects.

The number of the limited edition (12) derives directly from nature. As there are just estimated 200-250 individual fungi of that species left in Austria, we just make 12 shelves. (on each 18-21 fungi)

species: kuehneromyces lignicola, rare mushroom
conservation status Austria: critically endangered



Thomas Traxler, Autonomous furniture video


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