mischer'traxler: till you stop   automatic cake decorator
oct 04, 2010
mischer'traxler: till you stop automatic cake decorator

’till you stop’ cake decoration by mischer’traxler
image © mischer’traxler

vienna has a long tradition of producing the finest cakes and desserts

now vienna-based studio mischer’traxler (katherina mischer and thomas traxler) has created an automatic cake decorator
as part of their ongoing experimental series entitled, ’til you stop – how much is enough’.
the cake decorator, which consists of a rotating platform, icing gun, a motor-run arm and a silver dragées spout,
perpetually repeats one production step. as the cake rotates under the constantly moving frosting arm, a petal-like pattern
of icing forms on the face of the cake. on the other side, tiny edible silver balls are dispensed at regular intervals.

cake decoration up-close
image © mischer’traxler

designboom spotted this machine at this year’s vienna
design week
, the project is included in the exhibition
eyes wide shut: design & crime
at MAK design space (austrian museum of applied arts), vienna
september 28 – november 14, 2010

wide shut: design criminals’
is an exhibition curated by british
architect sam jacob,
organized as a collaborative project between MAK and departure. the show explores and investigates
the potential of the ornamental and decorative.

’till you stop’ cake decoration by mischer’traxler
image © mischer’traxler

the end-product will continuously change until the customer stops the
the underlying concept of the project is a new kind of manufacturing
method where the consumer’s
decision to say ‘stop’
defines the design’s outcome.

’till you stop’ cake decoration by mischer’traxler at MAK museum vienna
image © mischer’traxler

simple machine decorates the cake with lines and continuously decorates
until the costumer/visitor decides to stop the decoration process.
then in a second process sugar pearls/decoration are dropped onto the
glazing. the decor is continuously changing and the costumer/visitor
decides whether he prefers a simple ornament or a more complex one.
when is the right time to stop?
 – once the decoration machine is
stopped it can not be started again.
the project reflects, on the one hand, the industry behind decoration
(industrialized image vs. the romantic imagination) and on the other
hand it should trigger people to think about the amount of decoration
they actually like.

’till you stop’ cake decoration by mischer’traxler at MAK
museum vienna
image © mischer’traxler

here is the process:
the automated cake decoration process (sugar glazing and sugar
decoration) can be started and stopped by the buyer / visitor.

two steps of decoration:
step one:
the cake rotates and the sugar glazing gets applied in lines.
the pattern is similar to the ones of  ‘spirographs’ which can be
applied over a longer period of time.
step two:
the cake with glazing turns and single sugar pearls fall on the cake.

’till you stop’ cake decoration by mischer’traxler at MAK
museum vienna
image © mischer’traxler

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image © mischer’traxler

sketch of ’till you stop’ cake decoration by mischer’traxler
image © mischer’traxler

other projects under the ’til you stop’ series include a printer which
continuously prints and overprints
the same pattern on a loop of paper, a wet clay-pot that is lightly
punched and deformed by three devices,
a plate which is constantly decorated by a drawing device, and a
lampshade that gets drilled with
more holes as time goes by.

mischer’traxler were participants in designboom’s handled with care ceramic exhibition in london,
their ceramic badges are available at our designboom

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