(adam štěch) Viennese designers Katharina and Thomas Traxler have developed an instrument entitled The idea of a tree, which is driven by the energy collected from solar panels. The final product is dependant upon the efficiency of these panels.
This sun-powered machine, used for fine-tuning the contour of stools and lampshades, is a contribution to the individualization of lot-production. This theme has become very topical amongst current designers. The machine makes yarn that is colored in a pre-prepared mixture according to the intensity of the sun’s rays. Subsequently, the machine automatically spools the yarn onto prepared modules. Thus, a colorful layer for a stool or a lampshade is made. The project combines the laws of nature with fascinating new technology.
Thus, it is not surprising that Mischer’ Traxler won the Grand Prix Award at the Ars Electronica festival in the Austrian city of Linz, as well as the DWY Award in Berlin.
For more information, see mischertraxler.com