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  • 30 may - september 20, 2020
    exhibition: showing LeveL - the fragile balance of utopia

    What if ...? - a new exhibition presents over thirty artists and designers who investigate the potential of the utopian.

    Neues Museum Nürnberg

  • june 1 - january 3, 2021
    exhibition: showing our the idea of a tree project.

    The exhibition "Time Matters" displays almost 30 objects around the theme of time.

    Cube Museum

  • may 16 - september 20, 2020
    new project ratio on show:

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a travelling Exhibition is on show at MAO Ljubljana. Commissioned by MAO and in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin, we developed a new project called ratio.

    MAO Ljubljana

  • may 09 - may 31, 2020
    new project / exhibition: limited grasses

    "Walden" at Schloss Hollenegg for Design can be viewed digitally online.
    For this exhibition, we extended our realLimited Project about endangered species and developed a new table called

    Schloss Hollenegg for Design

  • february 26 - august 30, 2020
    new project nocturnal cloud is exhibited

    in the exhibition "Extraordinary" at the Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. The piece nocturnal cloud including moth and illuminated fireflies was commissioned by the museum and will stay in their permanent glass collection.

    Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

  • march 13 - february 21, 2021
    exhibition showing colourful kinaesthesia and the idea of a tree

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent one the idea of a tree bench and our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" – highlighting the results of a wonderful Boisbuchet workshop from last summer are on show.

    design museum Gent

limitedMoths

a project that represents limitation in reality

limitedMoths is part of the realLimited series. A rare Austrian moth species is portrait in a specific metal. As a huge swarm, the moths are flying towards a light bulb. Some single moths are placed randomly on the wall. Each moth is numbered and represents one moth left in reality. Each swarm (lamp) is unique. The number of the limited edition derives directly from nature. In dialogue with an Austrian entomologist, the number of specimens of each specific moths species, still occurring in nature, is estimated and reproduced in pure metal. As there is just a countable number of individual moths of that species left in Austria, there is always just a certain amount of lamp installations. A part of the generated money goes to the project ‘Baumpension’ (retired tree) or ‘Naturfreikauf’ (nature retrieval) by the Naturschutzbund Austria, which protects old dying trees as habitat for fungi, moss and insects.

realLimited – general description
Inspired by limited editions, the project realLimited connects limitation back to realistic facts. It is about limite editions that reflect limitations in reality: untouched nature, maintained traditions, old craftsmanship, languages and dialects… The main idea is to get inspired from these limitations, to start using and revitalizing them and to encourage their further being or to mirror and interpret the limitation, if use is not directly possible. realLimited should show that Design can be functional and beautiful, not just in an object, but also for the idea it stands for. The realLimited concept can be applied to several topics as for example: wild nature, old nearly forgotten techniques and craftsmanship or endangered domestic animals, plants and their products. The first executed realLimited-project endangered species are translated into limited editions of products. Each single product, or element of a product, represents one individual being.  A percentage of the money generated by selling the limited editions goes to environmental projects that try to save the selected species. Ideally the editions of products would be re-edited every few years, mirroring the species development. If the population increases in number, the edition does as well.

limitedMoths / catocala conversa in patinated brass

detail limitedMoths, catocala conversa in patinated brass

catocala conversa / image source

patinated brass sheet with laser cut moths, catocala conversa

detailed view of the illuminated lamp, catocala conversa in patinated brass

the illuminated lamp, catocala conversa in patinated brass

first edition limitedMoths / murumba quercus in copper

marumba quercus / image source

detail of the first limitedMoths, murumba quercus in copper

detailed view of the illuminated lamp, murumba quercus in copper

A rare Austrian moth species is portrait in a specific metal. As a huge swarm, the moths are flying towards a light bulb.

the wings are bent, that the moths look more natural

rivetting of the first limitedMoths, murumba quercus in copper

limitedMoths / hypomecis danieli in sandblasted stainless steel

detail of limitedMoths, hypomecis danieli in sandblasted stainless steel

hypomecis danieli / image source

whole wall lamp, hypomecis danieli in sandblasted stainless steel

Each moth is numbered and represents one moth left in reality. Each swarm is unique.

detailed view of the illuminated lamp, hypomecis danieli in sandblasted stainless steel

limitedMoths / pyrois cinnamomea in sandblasted copper

detail of one limitedMoth, pyrois cinnamomea in sandblasted copper

pyrois cinnamomea / image source

detailed view of the illuminated lamp, pyrois cinnamomea in sandblasted copper

water jet cutted moths, pyrois cinnamomea in sandblasted copper

front view of the lamp, pyrois cinnamomea in sandblasted copper

limitedMoths / trigonophora flammea in patinated brass

detail of limitedMoths, trigonophora flammea in patinated brass

trigonophora flammea / image source

laser cut moths, catocala conversa in patinated brass

  • material

    brass (laser cut, patinated, handrivetted)
    copper (laser cut, handrivetted, sandblasted)
    stainless steel (laser cut, handrivetted, sandblasted)

     

    electronics for lamp

  • dimension

    core lamp: 65 x 30 x 35 cm

    whole installation with single moths: approx. 120 x 100 x 35 cm

  • links

  • production

    limited edition,
    varying between 4-5 lamps per species – depending on the estimated single specimen still left in Austria

  • project assistance

    Maria Bauhofer, Anais Bourcier, Elisa Polner, Claire Garcia-Webb