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gradient mashrabiya
2012 | limited edition for Carwan Gallery |
commissioned by Carwan Gallery
view of the whole tablegradient mashrabiya - console table consisting of more than 650 single elements
gradient mashrabiya - detail
inspirationinspiration: making of traditional mashrabiya
production stepsvarious pieces from one table: from squared simple - to decorative detailed
snapshot taken at Design Days Dubai when assembling one table
finished gradient mashrabiya in front of a wall showing all single pieces
some of the pieces that go into one table
detail of the three dimensional leg during assembly
mashrabiya in traditional architecture

Commissioned by Carwan Gallery, 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 North African and Middle Eastern architecture.
Inspired by the process of lathing the small wooden parts of 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 table - 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.


material: hand lathed and crafted oak
dimension: 146 x 37 (width) x 89 (height) cm


Carwan Gallery