UArts Industrial Design Program Welcomes Vienna-based design duo mischer'traxler

January 30, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, From our Friends

Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) form Studio mischer‘traxler. Based in Vienna, they develop and design products, furniture, installations and more, with a focus on experiments, context and conceptual thinking. Next month, the University of the Arts' Industrial Design Program hosts the team for a lecture and multi-day workshop: from abstract to specific - turning themes into design projects.

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the idea of a tree - recorder one

Balancing between hand craft and technology, they envision whole systems, processes and new production methods that indicate sustainability and the relevance of nature. Part of their design process is to examine, experiment, analyse and reject. This critical view often questions and affects the relation between producer, object and owner. "Why and what for?" are often the main concerns before a new project comes into being, whilst "What if?" ceases in new interpretations and different possibilities. Their results often make use of unexpected materials and are often characterized by external inputs, for example the condition of the weather or the usage of the existing. Here they are in 2011 at TEDxBerlin discussing my favorite of their projects "the idea of a tree"; which their website describes as: "is an autonomous  production process which combines natural input with a mechanical process. It is driven by solar energy and translates the intensity of the sun through a mechanical apparatus into one object a day. The outcome reflects the various sunshine conditions that occur during this day. Like a tree the object becomes a three dimensional recording of its process and time of creation."

After graduating from the IM-masters department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration, Katharina and Thomas founded Studio mischer‘traxler in 2009. Their work won the Austrian Experimental Design Award 2009, the DMY Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Designs of the year 2010 Award. Exhibitions on contemporary Design displayed their projects in Museums including the Boijmans van Boiningen Rotterdam, the Design Museum London and the Triennale Milano, as well as on International new media Art Festivals. Projects by mischer'traxler are in the permanent collections of the Art institute Chicago and the MAK Vienna. In 2011 studio mischer'traxler was honoured with the 'W-hotels designer of the future award' by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels and in 2012 they were nominated as 'emerging design studio of the year' by Icon magazine.

Reversed Volumes

mischer'traxler at UArts

mischer'traxler have been invited to lecture and give workshops in various institutes and Universities in Austria and Europe. Next month, the Industrial Design Program at University of the Arts will host the pair for a lecture entitled from abstract to specific - turning themes into design projects, which is free and open to the public (supported by DesignPhiladelphia). Join them on Wednesday, February 18th at 6pm in the Arts Bank at UArts (601 South Broad Street). The design team will then led a multi-day student workshop which will conclude with a free public discussion and exhibition on Monday, February 23rd from 5-7pm (more details to follow).

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