Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) form Studio mischer‘traxler.
Based in Vienna they develop and design products, furniture, installations and more, with a focus on experiments, context and conceptual thinking.
Balancing between hand craft and technology, they envision whole systems, processes 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" ceases in new interpretations and different possibilities. Their Results often make use of unexpected materials and are often characterized by external inputs, for example the condition of the weather or the usage of the existing.
After graduating from the IM-masters department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration, Katharina and Thomas founded Studio mischer‘traxler in 2009. Their work won the Austrian Experimental Design Award 2009, the DMY Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Designs of the year 2010 Award. Exhibitions on contemporary Design displayed their projects in Museums including the Boijmans van Boiningen Rotterdam, the Design Museum London and the Triennale Milano, as well as on International new media Art Festivals. Projects by mischer'traxler are in the permanent collections of the Art institute Chicago and the MAK Vienna. They have been invited to lecture and give workshops in various institutes and Universities in Austria and Europe.
In 2011 studio mischer'traxler was honoured with the 'W-hotels designer of the future award' by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels and in 2012 they were nominated as 'emerging design studio of the year' by Icon magazine.
Katharina and Thomas are giving talks about their work and heading workshops in various Universities and Institutions. Since Januray 2014 they are leading the master course 'European Design Lab' at IED Madrid.
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