Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler


Cotton thread, colour, glue, resin, glassfibre, 2009

“The idea of a tree” is an autonomous production process which combines natural input with a mechanical process. It is driven by solar energy and translates the intensity of the sun through a mechanical apparatus into one object a day.
The outcome reflects the various sunshine conditions that occur during this day. Like a tree the object becomes a three dimensional recording of its process and time of creation.

The machine starts producing when the sun rises and stops when the sun settles down. After sunset, the finished object can be ‘harvested’.
It slowly grows the object, by pulling threads through a colouring device, a glue basin and finally winding them around a mould. The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sunhours of the day. The thickness of the layer and the colour is depending on the amount of sun-energy. (more sun = thicker layer and paler colour; less sun = thinner layer and darker colour)
Each object represents one day at one spot where it was produced.


We are two individual characters who influence each other – Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler. After graduating from the IM-masters department of the Design Academy Eindhoven, in June 2008 we found studio mischer’traxler in Vienna.
As a team we use our different skills and strengths to complement each other and to come up with new and unique ideas, concepts and products. Whilst Thomas contributes lots of technical knowledge and experimental skills, Katharina adds practical thinking and imaginative approaches. We keep our eyes open and try to look differently at our surrounding to be inspired in many ways and to draw our own conclusions about everything that happens around us.