Novalis Fine Arts, design and art gallery in Turin, presents the first retrospective of the Austrian designers mischer’traxler, curated by Maria Cristina Didero. From November 6th to December 6th, the space in Via Maria Vittoria will show some of their most important products and installations of the Austrian duo, celebrating their work and their creative philosophy.
mischer’traxler studio is Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981): living in Vienna, they develop design products, furniture and installations with focusing on the more experimental design and conceptual thinking. After graduating in Conceptual Design at the Eindhoven Design Academy in June 2008, they collaborated in various projects for several years before founding the studio in 2009.
Their shelf ‘limited fungi’ is part of the collection of Droog and the project ‘the idea of a tree’ won the Austrian Experimental Design Award and the DMY Award in 2009. Their work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, at the Design Museum in London, the MAK in Vienna and the Designhuis in Eindhoven. On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2011 mischer’traxler have been awarded the prestigious Designer of the Future Award given by W Hotel with Design Miami / Basel.
Katharina and Thomas influence each other and their creativity is often expressed through integrated concepts and processes, rather than objects. Balancing between handcraft and technology, they envision whole systems and new production methods that indicate sustainability and the relevance of nature. Part of their Design process is to examine, experiment, analyse and reject. This critical view often questions and affects the relation between producer, object and owner. ‘Why’ and ‘what for’ are often the main concerns before a new project comes into being, whilst ‘what if’ cases in new interpretations and different possibilities. Their Results often make use of unexpected materials and are characterized by external inputs, for example the condition of the weather or the usage of the existing.
By using their outcomes sometimes as a means of communication the studio tries to show that Design can be functional, good and beautiful, not just in an object but also in the idea it stands for. This way products can become tools that serve a purpose in a bigger picture.