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  • 08 september - 08 december 2018
    exhibition

    Our 'the idea of a tree' project is part of the exhibiton 'Neue Urbane Produktion' at Halle 14 in Leipzig. Exhibition is curated by tri.polis

    Halle 14

  • from 25 september onwards
    window installation at Hermés in Osaka

    our new window installation for Hermès in Osaka will be installed by the end of the month

  • 2018
    acquisition

    our project 'colour breeze' which was developed for the 'play'-exhibition by the British Crafts Council is now part of their collection

    colour breeze

gradient mashrabiya

a console table, where the design is based on the production steps of the craftsman

detail of the three-dimensional constructed mashrabiya

Commissioned by Carwan Gallery, mischer’traxler studio was teamed up with an expert woodworker in Lebanon to redefine the constructive system of the traditional mashrabiyas – delicate wooden window screens often found in North African and Middle Eastern architecture. Inspired by the process of lathing the small wooden parts of mashrabiyas, the  focus of the project was on exposing the many steps of production, to make the craftsmen’s work visible and understandable to the observer. The result – a sideboard table – is composed of a network of more than 650 distinct pieces of manually lathed wood. From rectangular slats to refined decorative elements, all stages are visible within the one object. The single pieces become increasingly more defined, detailed and fragile, but at the same time the structure gets progressively more three-dimensional.

finished gradient mashrabiya in front of a wall showing all single pieces

gradient mashrabiya - detail

translating all the production-steps a craftsman naturally does when producing a mashrabiya, into one transitional side-table that uses and showcases all these steps

inspiration: making of traditional mashrabiya and the topview of the table showing the transition from squared to detailled

various pieces from one table: from squared and simple - to decorative and detailed

some of the pieces that are used for one table

some of the 650 single pieces that are assembled to one table

work in progress during the assembly

snapshot taken at Design Days Dubai when assembling one table

1:1 tests in the studio

  • material

    hand lathed and crafted oak

  • dimension

    146 x 89 x 37 cm

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