Gradient Mashrabiya Sideboard
Designer: Studio mischer'traxler
Object: Gradient Mashrabiya Sideboard limited edition of 10 + 2 P
Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon 2012
Material: hand crafted oak
Dimensions: 146 cm x 37cm x 89cm h
Description: Studio mischer'traxler teamed up with an expert woodworker in Lebanon to redefine the constructive system of the traditional mashrabiyas: delicate wooden window screens often found in Middle Eastern architecture. Inspired by the process of lathing the small wooden parts for mashrabiyas, mischer'traxler focused on exposing the many steps of production, to make the craftsmen's work visible and understandable to the observer. The result " a sideboard " is composed of a network of more than 650 distinct pieces of manually carved wood. From rectangular slats to refined decorative elements, all stages are visible within the one object, which becomes increasingly more defined, detailed, and fragile, but at the same time progressively more three-dimensional.