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  • 30 may - september 20, 2020
    exhibition: showing LeveL - the fragile balance of utopia

    What if ...? - a new exhibition presents over thirty artists and designers who investigate the potential of the utopian.

    Neues Museum Nürnberg

  • june 1 - january 3, 2021
    exhibition: showing our the idea of a tree project.

    The exhibition "Time Matters" displays almost 30 objects around the theme of time.

    Cube Museum

  • may 16 - september 20, 2020
    new project ratio on show:

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a travelling Exhibition is on show at MAO Ljubljana. Commissioned by MAO and in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin, we developed a new project called ratio.

    MAO Ljubljana

  • may 09 - may 31, 2020
    new project / exhibition: limited grasses

    "Walden" at Schloss Hollenegg for Design can be viewed digitally online.
    For this exhibition, we extended our realLimited Project about endangered species and developed a new table called

    Schloss Hollenegg for Design

  • february 26 - august 30, 2020
    new project nocturnal cloud is exhibited

    in the exhibition "Extraordinary" at the Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. The piece nocturnal cloud including moth and illuminated fireflies was commissioned by the museum and will stay in their permanent glass collection.

    Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

  • march 13 - february 21, 2021
    exhibition showing colourful kinaesthesia and the idea of a tree

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent one the idea of a tree bench and our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" – highlighting the results of a wonderful Boisbuchet workshop from last summer are on show.

    design museum Gent

cuprum / positive-negative

a process where the resulting objects are related through the material transformation.

Five design studios from Europe were invited to develop a project for the Kunstgewerbemuseum, based on pieces from their collection found in the archives.- we were one of these design studios.
After a tour through the museum’s storage, we had a certain fascination for some old velvet presentation-boards that were once used to show fabric samples. Used for many years (some of them nearly 100 years), these boards show the exact shadows of the fabric pieces or laces which in the past were presented on them.
Through time the velvet boards became nearly a copy of the original in an abstract way. This dependency and connection of two ements, the play between positive and negative, was translated into the project Cuprum. Two metal pieces – copper and a metal mesh – are immersed together in a copper sulphate solution.They need each other for the transformation of the material. Partly covered with foil to control the flow of material, a low electric current is applied to both metals and due to electrodeposition, the copper gives away its material and copper-plates the steel. The rate at which the copper dissolves is equal to the rate at which the steel or the steel-mesh is plated, thus illustrating how the one material is supporting the other. They need each other for the transformation of the material.
Left in the sulphate bath for some time both materials are enriched in patterns, formability or, in the case of the mesh, stability. Whilst the copper can be decorated with patterns or receives constructed folding lines, the stainless steel-mesh slowly grows together, becomes solid, well connected and even paper clips become permanently attached.

finished pair

detail of planned dissolved copper resulting in pattern and folding lines

several objects for the positive/negative exhibition (left) copper pieces (right) copper plated stainless steel

detail zoom onto a copper sheet in the electroplating tank

Through the slow process of electroplating, a copper-element and a piece of stainless steel physically transform, become related to each other and form new
patterns and shapes.

descriptive boards of the processes – left: natural sunlight and its effect on the museum pieces, the inspiration for the project | right: electroplating for the cuprum project

set-up of the whole curprum installation at the museum

inspiration for the project
right side: an original piece of embroidery (17th century)
left side: the velvet board used in former times for presentation

details of some chess figures made out of copper plated steel-mesh

example of graphical material exchange

finished chess set

overview of the relevant process' steps

  • material

    copper, copper sheets, stainless steel, paper-clips

  • dimension

    various

  • collection

  • project assistant & graphics

    Maria Bauhofer