news
  • Dec. 01st - Dec. 05th 2021
    new project

    Design Miami: our new installation "embodied nature" commissioned by Maison Perrier-Jouët will be unveiled!
    An artistic experience to nurture sensibility to the living world

    Design Miami / 2021

  • Nov. 11th - Nov. 14th 2021
    curiosity cloud

    an updated "curiosity cloud" for Maison Perrier Jouët is on show at the 8th West Bund Art & Design fair in Shanghai. We are very happy that our collaboration with Perrier Jouët continues and insects flutter again at West Bund Art Center:
    2555 Long Teng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

    Westbund

  • Oct. 22nd - Oct. 31st 2021
    new project

    DESIGN ART TOKYO: First stop of our new collaboration 'I am Nature'with maison Perrier Jouet dealing about biodiversity.
    to be shown at Gyre.Food

    Design Art Tokyo

  • 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

  • Nov. 4th - Dec. 12th 2021
    exhibition

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a Travelling Exhibition stops in Schneeberg Germany including our project 'ratio' executed in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin.

    Schneeberg

  • 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

the idea of a tree – objects

objects created with a semi-autonomous machine combining natural input with a mechanical process

  • year ongoing since 2008

  • categories Processes, Machines & Their unique Results
    Products and Furniture

  • commissioned by

    self-initiated

the idea of  a tree is a production process which uses the natural input of the sun with a mechanical process. This creates unique objects that represent the sun’s intensity of the day and place of production. The correlation between input and output makes the changes visual and readable. The product becomes a three-dimensional ‘photograph’ of the time and the place where it is produced. After one day of winding the cotton structure can be ‘harvested’ off the machine. A few days, later the dried piece is finished by hand and a label, telling day and place of production, is placed on the evening side of the object.

The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sun hours of the day.
winter = shorter objects
summer = longer objects

The thickness of the layer and the colour is depending on the amount of sun-energy.
more sun = thicker layer and paler colour
less  sun = thinner layer and darker colour

the idea of a tree rocking bench, produced in summer 2016

the label informs about date and place of the production

the idea of a tree sideboard

this bench was made on a rather sunny summer-day in Vienna. The darker part in the middle implies that it was cloudy for a brief period

the idea of a tree bench, made in Vienna in January

two lamps, made in September in Linz, and a bench

While the length or height of a resulting object depends on the sun hours of the day,
the thickness of the layer and the colour depends on the amount of sun-energy.

the idea of a tree lamp, made in Linz in September

examples of two benches

the idea of a tree a rocking chair at home

the idea of a tree rocking chair, made in Torino in November 2011

detail of the wound structure

  • material

    recycled cotton, glue, colour, resin, fiberglass

  • dimensions

    bench and rocking bench
    40 x 40 cm
    length: depending on sun hours, short in winter, long in summer min. 45 cm – max. 100 cm


    lamp
    approx. 40 x 26 cm
    length: depending on sun hours, short in winter, long in summer min. 30 cm – max. 60 cm

     

    sideboard
    60 x 100 cm
    length: depending on sun hours, short in winter, long in summer min. 45 cm – max. 100 cm

  • production

    on request

  • collection

    two lamps and a bench are part of the permanent collection of the
    Art Institute Chicago


    one bench is part of the permanent collection of the Imperial Furniture Collection – Hofmobiliendepot Vienna


    one bench is part of the permanent collection of the Designmuseum Gent

     

    the idea of a tree machine recorder one and two benches are part of the permanent collection of the MAK – museum of applied arts – Vienna

     

    two benches are part of the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum