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  • dec. 8th 2020 - april 5th 2021
    exhibition

    BOLD AND FREE!
    The Invasion of Hidden Objects - the second cooperation with the MAK Vienna. Creative approaches to masterpieces of applied Arts once again convey the diversity of the MAK Collection in an unconventional and imaginative way.

    bold and free /MAK

  • march 13, 2020- 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

  • oct. 2nd - february 2021
    new project / exhibition

    our project ratio is currently on show with the travelling exhibition "MADE IN" at the Werkraum Bregenzerwald MADE IN: Crafts - Design Narratives

  • ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna

    MAK Design Lab

limitedFern

a project that represents limitation in reality

  • year 2020

  • categories Limited Editions
    Products and Furniture

  • commissioned by

    self-initiated

Since 2008 the Design project realLimited by mischer’traxler studio focuses on endangered species in Austria. The loss of biodiversity is visualized in ‘limited editions’ and consequently creates a dialogue between art, design and nature. The latest additions to the series focuse now as well on flora.
The vase
limitedFern brings notholaena marantae, also called ‘Europa cloak fern’ into the living room. Portrayed in brass, partly lacquered, partly patinated, it appears in the space between two stones. The stones are actually a vase out of grey-dyed porcelain and represent the habitat of the plant – as the fern lives exclusively on serpentine rocks, a greyish stone which contains a large amount of heavy metals. Serpentinit is known to be toxic for most other plants, thus the flora  growing on it is highly specialised.
In conversation with an expert, the number of specimens of this plant species still occurring in Austria’s nature was estimated at a maximum of 200. This number was afterwards reproduced in metal. Each individual fern plant is numbered and represents a living counterpart. 10 % of the price of the object will go to selected nature conservation projects of the Austrian Naturschutzbund, which acquire meadows and natural areas and preserve them in their natural state.

each tuft is numbered and represents a fern still existing in nature...

...and each single vase is home to one tuft

In conversation with an expert, the number of specimens of this plant species still occurring in Austria’s nature was estimated at a maximum of 200. This number was afterwards reproduced in metal.

  • material

    brass (laser cut, lacquered), pocelain, glaze, epoxy resin

  • dimension

    small:
    approx.: 15 x 10 x 20  cm (l, w, h)

    big:
    approx.: 17 x 20 x 20 cm (l, w, h)

  • other

    Pocelain Production: Hermann Seiser

    many thanks to Dr. Luise Ehrendorfer-Schratt for the botanical consultation

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Monja Hirscher, Elisa Polner, Lilian Onstenk

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