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

patterns of vienna

the interpretation of the city of Vienna with the versatile material Alcantara

  • year 2015 / 2016

  • categories curating, research and staging
    spatial Installations

  • Curated by

    Domitilla Dardi & Giulio Cappellini

  • commissioned by

     Alcantara and Maxxi museum

Alcantara and the Maxxi museum asked 9 design studios to interpret Asian and European cities with the versatile material Alcantara. Mischer’traxler worked on an installation focusing on Vienna. Vienna is a city full of history, music, rhythm and emotions. It is not loud, not fast and not colourful. It is a secretive city that has to be slowly explored with open eyes. Then one can discover a lot of patterns that carry the characteristics of the city. In order to represent Vienna in Alcantara and as a small souvenir, the focus is on these patterns and structures that can be found within the city. Typical motifs are simplified into graphics and translated with Alcantara by making use of various production techniques like laser engraving, weaving and gluing. The resulting fabrics are then additionally turned into small objects. This way the tiles often found in the old (above ground) subway stations by Otto Wagner are made into folding boxes; the shingles of St.Stephan’s Cathedral become pillows, the ‘Wiener Geflecht’, a traditional woven structure of seats, is turned into a shopping-bag and the botanically inspired roof of the secession-building is converted into a lamp-shade whilst typical herringbone- parquet flooring is changed into home-slippers. Alltogether the fabrics and objects, all in typical dusty, slightly faded but still very charming colours give an overview of what can be found in Vienna and try to capture a glimpse of Viennese atmosphere. The project was shown in the exhibition ‘East meets West’, curated by Giulio Cappellini & Domitilla Dardi, in February 2016. The group exhibition showed projects by Studio Job, Constance Guisset, Poetic Lab, mischer’traxler, Gam Fratesi, Neri&Hu, Hans Tan, Michael Young, Poetic Lab and Cosmas Gozali

folding box, pattern inspired by the tiles in the old undergroundstations by Otto Wagner

the pattern is inspired by the tiles in the old undergroundstations by Otto Wagner

the box can be completely collapsed

Vienna is a secretive city that has to be slowly explored with open eyes. Then one can discover a lot of patterns that carry the characteristics of the city.

bag inspired by the "Wiener Geflecht"

"Wiener Geflecht"

detail of the bag

house shoes inspired by fishbone flooring found in many Viennese flats

pillow, pattern inspired by the roof-tiling of St.Stephan's Cathedrale

detail of the pattern inspired by the roof-tiling of St.Stephan's Cathedrale

the pattern is inspired by the pattern of the secession-facade

lamp with various layers of Alcantara sheets with Scession inspired pattern

detail of the layered lamp

research on Viennese patterns

model of the installation

  • material

    alcantara microfiber fabric

  • dimension

    various

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Maria Bauhofer, Anais Bourcier

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