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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

  • 02 - 28 october
    exhibition

    two jewellery pieces we designed for chp..? jewelry´s
    'device people' - a project based on the impact of electronic devices - on show at Hôtel Droog in Amsterdam

    device people at hôtel droog

the idea of a tree – objects

objects created with a semi-autonomous machine combining natural input with a mechanical process

  • year ongoing since 2008

  • categories Processes, Machines & Their unique Results
    Products and Furniture

  • commissioned by

    self-initiated

the idea of  a tree is a production process which uses the natural input of the sun with a mechanical process. This creates unique objects that represent the sun’s intensity of the day and place of production. The correlation between input and output makes the changes visual and readable. The product becomes a three-dimensional ‘photograph’ of the time and the place where it is produced. After one day of winding the cotton structure can be ‘harvested’ off the machine. A few days, later the dried piece is finished by hand and a label, telling day and place of production, is placed on the evening side of the object.

The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sun hours of the day.
winter = shorter objects
summer = longer objects

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

the idea of a tree rocking bench, produced in summer 2016

the label informs about date and place of the production

the idea of a tree sideboard

this bench was made on a rather sunny summer-day in Vienna. The darker part in the middle implies that it was cloudy for a brief period

the idea of a tree bench, made in Vienna in January

two lamps, made in Septemberin Linz, and a bench

While the length or height of a resulting object depends on the sun hours of the day,
the thickness of the layer and the colour depends on the amount of sun-energy.

the idea of a tree lamp, made in Linz in September

examples of two benches

the idea of a tree a rocking chair at home

the idea of a tree rocking chair, made in Torino in November 2011

detail of the winded structure

  • material

    recycled cotton, glue, colour, resin, fiberglass

  • dimensions

    bench and rocking bench
    40 x 40 cm
    length: depending on sun hours, short in winter, long in summer min. 45 cm – max. 100 cm


    lamp
    approx. 40 x 26 cm
    length: depending on sun hours, short in winter, long in summer min. 30 cm – max. 60 cm

     

    sideboard
    60 x 100 cm
    length: depending on sun hours, short in winter, long in summer min. 45 cm – max. 100 cm

  • production

    on request

  • collection

    two lamps and a bench are part of the permanent collection of the
    Art Institute Chicago


    one bench is part of the permanent collection of the Imperial Furniture Collection – Hofmobiliendepot Vienna