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  • opening June 25th
    exhibition

    'idea of a tree' in Chicago
    "exploring the idea of nature in design as a multifaceted engagement with landscape, materials, technology, and traditional ways of making"

    Art Institute of Chicago

  • June 18th - September 25th
    exhibition

    'nocturnal cloud' as part of the exhibition "Listening to the Earth" at mudac Lausanne

    mudac Lausanne

  • on show till December 31st
    exhibition

    the exhibition "Forms of drinking" shows the glass as a design theme and an object of everyday life.
    Our project 'Access' is a set of six drinking glasses, confronting people with the global distribution of clean drinking water.

    Punta Conterie / Murano

  • March 27th - Nov. 6th 2022
    exhibition

    'LeveL' in the exhibition
    "the new human" at the Große Kunstschau Worpswede

    Worpswede Museum

  • 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

limitedGrasses

a project that represents natural limitation in reality

  • year 2020

  • categories Limited Editions
    Products & Furniture

  • commissioned by

    self-intiated

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.

 

around 40 grasses grow in the metal structure...

...with a wooden tray ensures the comfortable use as a side table

each blade of grass is numbered to represent a living counterpart in nature and takes its place within the wire table.

 

 The loss of biodiversity is visualized in ‘limited editions’ and consequently creates a dialogue between art, design and nature.

the grasses gently swing when touched or in a breeze of air

the single specimens are individually coloured by hand

The limitedGrasses table was first presented at the ‘Walden’ exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg in May 2020

image credit: Lupispuma

  • material

    brass (laser cut, laquered), wood composit board (laquered),  metalgrid (steel, powder coated)

  • dimension

    approx.: ø 92 cm and height: 80 cm

  • production

    limited edition,
    x tables per species – depending on the estimated single specimen still left in Austria

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Elisa Polner, Adinda Rensen

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