mischer'traxler: 'tioat' at DMY berlin design festival 09
jun 05, 2009
mischer'traxler: 'tioat' at DMY berlin design festival 09

darker, thinner sections indicate times of less sun, while thick, light parts represent periods of more sun
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at this year’s DMY berlin design festival 09, austrian-based studio mischer’traxler,
comprised of katharina mischer and thomas traxler, presented their ‘tioat’ series
(‘bench tiaot’ and ‘lamp tioat’). these pieces are the outcome of their earlier project ‘idea of a tree’,
a process which uses solar energy to translate the luminosity of the sun into one object a day.
the objects of the ‘tioat’ series are souvenirs of the days and places in which they were created.

the ‘idea of a tree’ machine begins when the sun rises and stops when the sun sets.
the machine pulls threads through a coloring device, glue basin and winds the threads around
a mould to create an object. the length and height, the thickness of the layers
and intensity of the colors, refer directly to the amount of sun hours present on a particular day.
the dark thin parts indicate periods when there was little sun, while sections of thick layers
and paler colors are a result of a lot of sun.

‘tioat’ benches are made through the ‘idea of a tree’ process by mischer’traxler
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the variations of color indicate the intensity of the sun on the day in which they were produced
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the ‘tioat’ series is made from viscose thread, colored dyes, glue and epoxy
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the bench capturing the period of sun rise to sun fall over the course of a day
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the threads are run through a basin of glue in order to adhere to each other and create a stable structure
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a view of mischer’traxler’s installation at DMY berlin 09
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the process is also applied in the creation of ‘tioat’ lamps
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‘the idea of a tree’ by mischer’traxler
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a machine which functions through a mixture of mechanics and natural energy (solar).
the ‘idea of a tree’ creates an object each day depending on the amount of sunlight that is

the machine is made from stainless steel, electronics and plexiglass, with materials sponsored by altuglasinternational
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a look at the mechanics of how the machine works
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how the thread is run through the color and glue basin
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a basin of color sits on top of the machine
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mischer’traxler were participants in designboom’s handled with care exhibition in 2007.
their ceramic badges are available at our designboom shop.

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