Designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler unite conceptual thinking with experimentation to design award-winning design products, furniture, installations, and more. Within Studio mischer’traxler, their design process strikes a balance between craft and technology, and encompasses modern themes like sustainability and human interaction. In this week’s Playlist, Katharina and Thomas offer a distinctive mix of songs for us from their Vienna-based studio.
What do you listen to while you work?
Actually we listen to all different kinds of music — classical, jazz, electronic — nearly everything except hip-hop and rap. At the moment we really like electro-swing.
How do you listen?
Usually just with our laptop.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers?
Not really. Mainly we listen to our iTunes. Or we search for playlists on YouTube for classical music and other stuff we do not have on our computers, such as Phos Toni – Swing That Vinyl Vol 4.
Does music influence your work?
No, we do not think that it influences our work, since we do not listen to music when we have to concentrate or think a lot. We mainly listen to music when we do manual work, experiments, or graphics on the computer. For brainstorming, research, and discussions, we need silence.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste?
Usually we find music via friends, or when we listen to the radio.
What song or artist best represents the work you create?
We highly appreciate Björk, because she tries out a lot of different things and does a lot of research for her music. She has a broad field of interests which she puts into her work. This is what we try as well.
Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist:
The lime green Eames Molded Plastic Armchair with Rocker Base, because it is nice to be able to move to music a little bit.
1. Coin-Operated Boy, The Dresden Dolls
2. Hunter, Björk
3. Elephant Gun, Beirut
4. Candy Shop, Fatima Spar Und Die Freedom Fries
5. El Choclo, Violentango
6. The Logical Song, Supertramp
7. Die vier Jahreszeiten (The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi), recomposed by Max Richter
8. Mad World, Gary Jules with Michael Andrews
9. Little Swing, Emmanuel Bravo
10. Am Fenster (Special Version), City
Photos: Martin Robitsch, Eva Engelbert, mischer’traxler