Balancing between handcraft and technology, we envision whole systems, new production methods and kinetic or interactive installations that question topics and tell stories.
Katharina Mischer (1982), Thomas Traxler (1981) and their nice team form mischer‘traxler studio. Based in Vienna they develop and design products, furniture, installations and more, with a focus on experiments, context and conceptual thinking.
Balancing between handcraft and technology, the studio envisions whole systems, new production methods and kinetic or interactive installations that question topics, tell stories or open up new ways of doing things. Influencing and complementing each other, Katharina and Thomas examine, experiment, analyse and reject. Their results are often playing with uniqueness and some of their projects are poetic records that interact with the viewer and evoke unexpected reactions. By using their outcomes as well as a mean of communication, the studio tries to show that Design can be functional, good and beautiful not just in objects but as well in the ideas they represent.
Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler already met whilst studying. They completed their BA-degrees in product and furniture Design at the NDC St.Pölten and at Kingston University London and continued to study in the IM-masters programme at the Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating in June 2008 and several years of collaborating on various projects, Katharina and Thomas founded studio mischer‘traxler in 2009.
Projects by mischer’traxler are regularly displayed in exhibitions on contemporary Design and Art worldwide and were already on show in Museums such as the Cooper Hewitt in New York, Design Museum Holon, Boijmans van Boiningen, the Design Museum London, the Triennale Milano, Mudac Lausanne and more and are to be found in the permanent collections of the MAK Vienna, the Art institute Chicago, the Vitra Design Museum and the British Design Council, among others. They co-curated and designed the permanent exhibition MAK Design Lab at the MAK Vienna, which opened in May 2019.
Their projects have won several awards, while as a studio, mischer’traxler was honoured with the ‘Designer of the future award’ by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels in 2011, with the ‘Young talent award’ by the Be-open foundation in 2014 and with the Swarovski Design Medal 2016 by Swarovski and the Vienna Design Week.
mischer’traxler give frequently talks about their work and leading workshops in various Universities and Institutions. In 2014 and 2015 they were directing the master course ‘European Design Lab’ at IED Madrid. In 2016 they were teaching a guest term at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and in 2017 they were guest professors at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany. In the most recent years they taught modules at the space&designstrategies at the Kunstuniversity Linz, Austria.
so far the studio collaborated with various companies,
galleries and institutions including:
Perrier Jouët Champagne, Hermés, Nodus, PCM Design, Kvadrat, Alcantara, Victor Hunt Designart Dealer, Carwan Gallery, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Design Miami, MAXXI Museum, Design Museum Holon, MAK Vienna, Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz, Vienna Design Week, Form (Australia), Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Kunsthaus Wien,…
some of our most memorable exhibitions
curiosity cloud – NY adaptation at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York 2019 / LeveL – the fragile balance of utopia at the MAK in Vienna in 2017 / “in relation”, solo show at Mario Mauroner contemporary art in 2017 / curiosity cloud for Perrier-Jouët at the Victoria&Albert Museum London in 2015 / ephermerā for Perrier-Jouët at Design Miami in Miami in 2014 / “lightopia” exhibition by Vitra Design Museum – travelling exhibition 2014 – 2018 / “hyperlinks: Architecture & Design” at the Art Institute Chicago in 2011 / a full list can be found here
a selection of objects in permanent museum collections
the idea of a tree process and object at the MAK Vienna / relumine and the idea of a tree benches at the Vitra Design Museum / the idea of a tree objects at the Art institute Chicago / cuprum at the Kunstgewerbe- museum Schloß Pillnitz / nocturnal cloud at MUDAC Lausanne /
a full list can be found here
a selection of recognitions
“Designer of the future award” by Design Miami and W-hotels in 2011 / “Austrian Prize for the Advancement of Experimental Design” in 2009 / “Wallpaper’s 20 under 40” in 2015 / “Swarovski Design Medal 2016” by Swarovski and Vienna Design Week 2016 / a full list can be found here
we are supported by a small and great team
Currently this team consists of our wonderful assistants Elisa Polner and Monja Hirscher. Programming and electro technical support comes most of the time from Simon Laburda (DKIA).
a big thank you as well to all the great people who were involved in the studio in previous years and we enjoyed getting to know a bit better: Adinda Rensen, Stephan Jäger, Leonarda Spassova, Johannes Nortmann, Clarissa Kellermann, Claire Garcia-Webb, Bernd Van Riel, Maria Bauhofer, Theresa Ohm, Anais Bourcier, Eva Ohrhallinger, Anouk Buntsma, Alissa Freilinger, Stefanie Rittler, Benedikt Steiner, Zoe Hough, Julian Heckel, Isaac Monté and Greta Hauer