Studio mischer‘traxler teamed up with an expert woodworker in Lebanon to redefine the constructive system of the traditional mashrabiyas: delicate wooden window screens often found in Middle Eastern architecture. Inspired by the process of lathing the small wooden parts for mashrabiyas, mischer›traxler focused on exposing the many steps of production, to make the craftsmen›s work visible and understandable to the observer. The result – a sideboard – is composed of a network of more than 650 distinct pieces of manually carved wood. From rectangular slats to refined decorative elements, all stages are visible within the one object, which becomes increasingly more defined, detailed, and fragile, but at the same time progressively more three-dimensional.
Carwan Gallery commission, produced in Lebanon 2012
About Studio mischer‘traxler
Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler met at the Design Academy Eindhoven and have been partners—professional and personally—ever since. Their innovative design practice combines the handmade with technology, with a constant eye on sustainability and respect for nature. Along with furniture and household objects—like the Limited Fungi shelves with models of endangered Austrian fungi—the Vienna-based duo envisions conceptual production processes, which sometimes take the shape of kinetic devices. Their award-winning work often requires the presence of an audience, as in their mirrors that work only when two or more people are in front of them or an automated basket-making machine that applies a darker hue depending one how many observers are in the room.
based in Vienna, Austria