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  • ongoing
    exhibition

    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
    acquisition

    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

limitedFern

a project that represents limitation in reality

  • year 2020

  • categories Limited Editions
    Products & 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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