a project that represents natural limitation in reality
categories Limited Editions
Products and Furniture
Since 2008 mischer’traxler’s project realLimited focuses on endangered insect and fungi species from Austria. In 2020 the series was extended with an additional focus on endangered flora. The loss of biodiversity is visualized in ‘limited editions’ and consequently creates a dialogue between art, design and nature.
The round metal table limitedGrasses, brings the grass species agropyron cristatum, also known as crested wheat grass into the living room. Portrayed in brass, the rare species is represented, growing in a blue wired side-table and thus showing the dialogue between human artifacts and wild growth. 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. A representation of that species was afterwards reproduced in metal. Each individual blade of grass is numbered to represent a living counterpart and takes its place within the wire table. The resulting limited edition of five tables, each inhabited by about 40 grasses, reflects the real limitation in nature. 10% of the selling price of the object goes to selected nature conservation projects by the Naturschutzbund Austria (Society for the Conservation of Nature Austria), which acquire and preserve meadows and natural areas and keep them in their natural state.
The loss of biodiversity is visualized in ‘limited editions’ and consequently creates a dialogue between art, design and nature.
The limitedGrasses table was first presented at the ‘Walden’ exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg in May 2020
brass (laser cut, laquered), wood composit board (laquered), metalgrid (steel, powder coated)
approx.: ø 92 cm and height: 80 cm
x tables per species – depending on the estimated single specimen still left in Austria
Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Elisa Polner, Adinda Rensen