Ratio by mischer'traxler investigates metal extraction

Each piece in the collection is transformed into a device that tells how little metal can be extracted from a given amount of stone. An exercise of awareness about origin and transformation.

Commissioned by MAO - Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana for the series MadeIN: crafts and design narratives, the Ratio project by the Austrian duo mischer'traxler imposes itself as a visualization exercise that questions the production process underlying the availability of the materials usually used by designers.

The pieces in the collection - 3 coffee tables, 2 zinc and copper trays, a stainless steel mirror and an aluminium bench - are characterized by the presence of a stone block and a metal sheet insert. Far from being random, the relationship between the two components illustrates the amount of metal that can be obtained from a given amount of rough stone. Transformed into a narrative expedient, each piece invites us to reflect on the impact of the mining processes, questioning the use of such energy-intensive materials that we usually take for granted.

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