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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

patterns of vienna

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

  • year 2015 / 2016

  • categories curating, research and staging
    spatial Installations

  • Curated by

    Domitilla Dardi & Giulio Cappellini

  • commissioned by

     Alcantara and Maxxi museum

Alcanatara 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. Altogether 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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