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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

  • 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

limitedGrasses

a project that represents natural limitation in reality

  • year 2020

  • categories Limited Editions
    Products and 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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