news
  • June
    new commission

    We are very happy that the MK&G Hamburg (museum for arts and crafts) commissioned the "riparian cloud" for their permanent collection which includes species which are extinct or endangered in the area of Hamburg.

    MK&G Hamburg

  • June 12th - Jan 9th 2022
    exhibition

    Our commissioned 'riparian cloud' is on show at the "Heimaten" exhibition at the MK&G Hamburg. The exhibition is curated by Amelie Klein

    MK&G Hamburg

  • May 25th - Oct. 3rd
    exhibition

    our project "ratio-s" is part of the "Climate Care" exhibition at the MAK during the Vienna Biennale.

    MAK Vienna

  • april 09th - sept. 12th 2021
    exhibition

    "colourful kinaesthesa"
    The workshop results from our 2019 workshop in Boisbuchet are travelling with the "Colour and the Senses" exhibition to Lille.

    COLORS, ETC.

  • april 01st – august 15th, 2021
    exhibition

    "Design by Time exhibition" — currently on show at the The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
    With it our projects 'isochrone', 'day by day' and 'the idea of a tree'

    design by time

  • 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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