• ongoing

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna. Within the permanent exhibition one can find as well a few of our projects like 'the idea of a tree', 'limited moths' or 'LeveL

    MAK Design Lab

  • dec. 2022

    we are happy that our project 'Access' was acquired by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
    thanks a lot.
    The project 'Access' is a set of six drinking glasses, confronting people with the global distribution of clean drinking water.

    High Museum of Art Atlanta


three interactive kinetic furniture pieces that represent the dialogue between mankind and nature

Nature is bound by momentum and instinct. We have all experienced the reaction of a snail when we lightly touch it, or if we approach a wild animal. The snail instantly retracts, and the animal runs away.
We react to nature and nature reacts to us, in an ongoing dialogue that proves the other’s existence. From a distance we can watch the species in nature for a very long time and enjoy their liveliness. This fleeting moment, and sense of untouchable closeness is at the heart of the ephemerā installation. The installation consists of a big oak table and two mirrors. Observed from a distance the pieces’ floral decoration appears alive. The plants grow and move, following their own gentle choreography. However, when someone approaches the table, the plants and insects hide. ephemerā interacts with the audience, inviting participation, discussion and questioning. Each piece of the installation uses traditional craftsmanship and advanced technologies to create a completely new typology. The large, simple table is inlaid with a complex collection of botanical motifs on its surface, a contemporary take on marquetry. The chosen species are based on existing ones, either extinct, widely spread or newly discovered. Each individual plant or insect reacts if someone comes too close, retreating into the table, returning to be a functional and simple object. The companion mirrors hang from the walls. From a distance one can see flowers grow across the glass, up and even out of the wooden frame, extending into the room. On closer inspection, the plant will retract, and the mirror becomes, just a mirror.

main image above: ephemerā for Perrier Jouët during Design Miami 2014, image credit: Oliver Manzi

explanation video about the project by dezeen

detail of the table at design Miami in 2014, image credit: Gesi Schilling

ephemerā interacts with the audience, inviting participation, discussion and questioning.

ephemerā with one of our smaller visitors at Design Miami, image credit: Oliver Manzi

detail of a flying moth as part of the ephemerā installation, image credit: Oliver Manzi

the table reacts via ultrasonic sensors to people and the floral elements hide in the table's surface, image credit: Gesi Schilling

detail of the table's floral elements – the plants hide, once somebody comes too close, image credit: Gesi Schilling

From a distance one can see floral elements gently grow and move on the objects, but on closer inspection, the plants will retreat and the table and mirrors become functional.

ephemerā mirror, image credit: Gesi Schilling

additional frames showed all the selected plants and insects in detail, image credit: Gesi Schilling

portrayed buckwheat

book about all the species selected for ephemerā and their 'technical' translation

small 1:10 scale model of the ephemerā table with active and inactive surface, image credit: Thomas Albdorf

various floral elements before assembly - one side always in vivid colours, the other one stained in black

see the team working on the ephemerā installation

Since 2017 the ephemerā - table is permanently installed at Perrier Jouët´s Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay

work in progres in the studio

  • material

    oiled oak, laser-cut veneer, water-jet cut spring-steel species, various mechanical pieces, motors, custom made electronics


    oiled oak, screen, water-jet cut steel species, various mechanical
    pieces, motors, custom made electronics

  • dimensions

    304 x 94 x 95 cm


    75 x 130 x 17 cm

  • electro-technical development

    Simon Laburda (DKIA)

  • special support

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Maria Bauhofer, Benedikt Steiner

  • special thanks to

    our great carpenter Jacqueline Pehack