portrait taken by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) form mischer‘traxler studio. Based in Vienna, they develop and design objects, furniture, processes, installations and more, thereby focusing on experiments and conceptual thinking within a given context. Balancing between handcraft and technology, they envision whole systems, new production methods and kinetic or interactive installations that question topics, tell stories or open up new ways of doing things. Influencing and complementing each other, Katharina and Thomas examine, experiment, analyse and reject. Their results are often playing with uniqueness and some of their projects are poetic records that interact with the viewer and evoke unexpected reactions. By using their outcomes as well as a mean of communication, the studio tries to show that Design can be functional, good and beautiful not just in objects but as well in the ideas they represent.
Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler already met whilst studying. They completed their BA-degrees in product and furniture Design at the NDC St.Pölten and at Kingston University London and continued to study in the IM-masters programme at the Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating in June 2008 and several years of collaborating on various projects, Katharina and Thomas founded studio mischer‘traxler in 2009.

mischer’traxler give talks about their work and leading workshops in various Universities and Institutions. In 2014 and 2015 they were directing the master course ‘European Design Lab’ at IED Madrid. In 2016 they were teaching a guest term at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and in 2017 they were guest professors at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany.

Their projects are displayed in exhibitions on contemporary Design and Art as well as in Museums such as the Boijmans van Boiningen, the Design Museum London, the Triennale Milano, Cafa Art Museum Bejing, Mudac Lausanne and more, as well as on International festivals and fairs. Projects by mischer’traxler are to be found in the permanent collections of the Art institute Chicago, the Vitra Design Museum and the MAK Vienna, among others.
Their work has won several awards, for example the Wu Guanzhong Art & Science Innovation Award 2012, the Austrian Experimental Design Award 2009, an honorary mention at Prix ArsElectronica 2009 and the DMY-Award 2009. As a studio, mischer’traxler was honoured with the ‘W-hotels designer of the future award’ by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels in 2011 in 2014 with the ‘Young talent award’ by the Be-open foundation and recently with the Swarowski Design Medal 2016 by Swarowski and the Vienna Design Week.

mischer'traxler taking images at schloss hollenegg for design in 2016

So far the studio collaborated with various companies, galleries and institutions including
Perrier Jouët Champagne, Nodus, PCM Design, Kvadrat, Victor Hunt Designart Dealer, Carwan Gallery, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Design Miami,  MAXXI Museum, Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz, Vienna Design Week, Form (Australia), Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, MAK Vienna and Kunsthaus Wien.

We are supported by a small but great team.
Currently this team consists of our assistant Elisa Polner and Claire Garcia-Webb, who is doing her internship with us. Programming and electro technical support comes most of the time from Simon Laburda (DKIA).

a big thank you as well to all the great people who were involved previously and we enjoyed getting to know a bit better:
Bernd Van Riel, Maria Bauhofer, Theresa Ohm, Anais Bourcier, Eva Ohrhallinger, Anouk Buntsma, Alissa Freilinger, Setfanie Rittler, Benedikt Steiner, Zoe Hough, Julian Heckel, Isaac Monté, Greta Hauer

working on something seriously- three heads required

searching for ideas