Mischer’Traxler, new Program Leaders of Master of European Design Labs

The Viennese designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler, of mischer‘traxler studio, are joining the platform of the Masters of Design and Innovation as Program Leaders of the Master of European Design Labs.

The Viennese designers Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981), of mischer‘traxler studio, are joining the platform of the Masters of Design and Innovation as Program Leaders of the Master of European Design Labs.

Their work emerges from experimentation, context and conceptual thinking and has received several awards such as the Austrian Experimental Design Award and the DMY award.  The duo was honoured with the 'designer of the future' award by Design Miami/Basel in 2011. Works by mischer'traxler have been shown at such important museums as the Boijmans van Boiningen, the Design Museum London, the MAK Vienna and the Vitra Design Museum, as well as at international festivals.


With their new vision of the Master of European Design Labs, this training programme is set up as a space for experimentation combined with research, systematic- and analytical thinking. Different approaches to Design will be explored, so that the students achieve the best results in their thesis projects through a personal search in the discipline of design.


What is your role as Program Leaders of the Master of European Design Labs?
We understand our role as program leaders in creating a thought through orientation for the course by giving our input and ideas to the existing structure and adapting it to fit the route we believe in. A route that should encourage students to be thinkers and makers. We try to define a structure where stimulation/inspiration within the course meets with the demand of a good amount of work from the students.
Next to that we look as well for Designers that are good and inspirational to give workshops. We will be in close contact with the tutors about the students progress and additionally and above all, we will give in-put to the student's thesis projects by defining  individual tasks and briefings to encourage students to push their goals and ideas for their master thesis further.

Which novelties can we expect from this Master of European Design Labs?
We are planning to introduce a more 'hands-on' approach, where testing with materials and experimenting with different techniques and processes will be given more importance in order to understand new possibilities. At the same time these experiments will go hand in hand with theoretical research and investigation  of „where and why“ the results will make sense. Next to that there will be inspirational sessions within the course, to show and discuss what is going on in the fields of Art/Design/Architecture in order to share the knowledge of the group.


Which professionals do you want to involve in the programme?
The programme will involve professionals that show and proof different views on Design to emphasize that there are many different ways to work in this field. Especially the workshops will be conducted by Designers who focus on divergent interests. It will range from Designers who are interested in craft and tradition to Designers who focus on self-production and processes to others that work more conceptual and fictional. We believe it is important for students to test and try out various directions in order to find out what they like and what they can be very good at.

Why and to whom would you recommend this MA?
The course is for those who want to explore further, what design is and can be. It will guide the participants to develop their own way of thinking and making and to discover their special skills based on their personal backgrounds and interests. Throughout the year students will hopefully deepen their existing strengths while at the same time define their role as a Designer.


Start:January 2014.
Schedule: Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 18.00 h, distributed into lessons, tutorials, research and trips.
Language: the lessons are taught in English.




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