Mischer’traxler studio is composed by Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981). They are based in Vienna and are mostly dedicated to surprising lighting solutions.
The studio develops design objects, furniture, processes, installations and more, thereby focusing on experiments and conceptual thinking within a given context. Balancing between handcraft and technology, they envision 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.
Some of the creations come in limited editions like for instance the Limited Moths lamp. Along with furniture and household objects—like the Limited Fungi shelves with models of endangered Austrian fungi—the Vienna-based duo envisions conceptual production processes, which sometimes take the shape of kinetic devices.