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  • 30 may - september 20, 2020
    exhibition: showing LeveL - the fragile balance of utopia

    What if ...? - a new exhibition presents over thirty artists and designers who investigate the potential of the utopian.

    Neues Museum Nürnberg

  • june 1 - january 3, 2021
    exhibition: showing our the idea of a tree project.

    The exhibition "Time Matters" displays almost 30 objects around the theme of time.

    Cube Museum

  • may 16 - september 20, 2020
    new project ratio on show:

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a travelling Exhibition is on show at MAO Ljubljana. Commissioned by MAO and in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin, we developed a new project called ratio.

    MAO Ljubljana

  • february 26 - august 30, 2020
    new project nocturnal cloud is exhibited

    in the exhibition "Extraordinary" at the Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. The piece nocturnal cloud including moth and illuminated fireflies was commissioned by the museum and will stay in their permanent glass collection.

    Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

  • march 13 - february 21, 2021
    exhibition showing colourful kinaesthesia and the idea of a tree

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent one the idea of a tree bench and our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" – highlighting the results of a wonderful Boisbuchet workshop from last summer are on show.

    design museum Gent

Balancing between handcraft and technology, we envision whole systems, new production methods and kinetic or interactive installations that question topics and tell stories.

portrait taken by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

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.

 

impression of the studio

exhibition view of the exhibition at Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

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

working on LeveL, summer 2016

the studio space with various the idea of a tree objects