September 22nd – October 1st, Festival Headquarters in Prater (2.,Laufbergergasse 12)
22.9.–1.10., daily 11am–8pm
Cocktail: Sat 23.9., 5pm–10pm
Finissage: Sun 1.10., 5pm–8pm
four objects / shaped in Vienna / brass, volcanic rock
Annica Vanitas looks into the inherent fragile beauty of brass through the lens of different cultural heritages. The result is a collection of objects that interpret impermanence physically and symbolically.
chair, low seat, lamp / hand made / natural dried bulrush, galvanized iron
Bulrush zooms in the Bunho technique – a unique Portuguese basketry technique that shapes the natural fibre Bulrush (Schoenoplectrus Palla), into a intricate mesh of knots and stitches.
CAST LIKE A BELL
three objects / sand casted in Switzerland / bronze and steel
The collection explores new opportunities using the traditional sand casting technique of the foundry to highlight the unique construction techniques, material properties and finishes developed over generations of handcrafted bells.
three stools / hand made / each piece is different / cattail, wool, paper, cardamon, bamboo
feel.ambiguity shows a variety of handicrafts made in Nepal by connecting the skills in producing wall hangings and furniture, at the crossroad of contemporary Western design and traditional arts and crafts from Nepal.
three vases / hand made / ceramic, engobes
Garbaha aims to attract attention to the ceramic district of Grottaglie by revisiting and re-interpreting the ancestral symbols of Apulia. The project takes off from extensive iconographic research, connecting the tradition of Grottaglie to contemporary rituals in a collection of ceramic artefacts.
INNER SIDE OF THE SHAPE
four objects / double walled vase collection in handcrafted geometry / copper
inner side of the shape is a combination of copper and brass vases mended by craftsman Victor Clopotar, which will intrigue the viewer with the interplay between the inner and outer layers of materials.
three objects / handcarved in the island of Lesvos, Greece / chestnut, wicker
Kafenio brings together Pattes, a second-generation artisan on the island of Lesbos in Greece, Paddy, an experienced UK designer and an NGO working to empower vulnerable groups through skills training.
THE HOOK COLLECTION
hook & lamps collection / each piece is unique, manually bent and finished in Austria / steel
The combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern design in the collection by Bakalowits and Anna Zimmermann represents a captivating synthesis. Designer Anna Zimmermann has chosen to spotlight the often-overlooked hooks as the centerpiece of her collection.
VESSELS OF IMPERFECTION
six objects / each piece is different: aluminium casted in Vienna / aluminium
Vessels of Imperfection is a collection of aluminium casted vessels, that embrace the imperfections occurring during the process of metal casting. Instead of removing seams and flaws of the casted object, they will be highlighted and used as a focal point of the objects.
Weaving Stories from Balkan Heritage
three rugs / handmade in Romania / wool & cotton
The collection draws upon the rich history of Balkan tapestries and investigates how immaterial heritage can coexist with contemporary design. The collection is a series of rugs combining functional design and contemporary art, contributing to preserving local narratives.
two chairs / hand made in Romania / willow wood, wool, cotton & raffia
Woogie Șez brings the Romanian classical wooden three-legged stool into a contemporary context. The collection consists of 100% hand-carved wooden products, accessorized with hand-stitched pillows from pieces of carpets with traditional Romanian motifs.
five tapestries / Nigeria / each home textile is handwoven with water hyacinth fiber and fish twine
Akwete cloth is usually made of cotton thread, and the decorative motifs are produced with cotton threads of a heavier texture or rayon silk. The collection is adopting the Akwete weaving technique using new materials – woven water hyacinth, a natural fiber material and fish twine.
four objects: floor, pendant and table lights / Slovenia / every piece is produced from hand picked hazel wood from local Slovenian forests
By splitting strips of hazel tree, turning them into ribbons and weaving them, using traditional Slovenian wicker techniques. This collections brings seen and unseen qualities of this material into the ambience of our homes.