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

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