Replicating Natural Production Processes With Self-Sustaining Technology

“The Idea Of A Tree” is an autonomous production process that crafts home furnishings, powered by solar energy; each product uniquely reflects the characteristics of the environment during production.

“The Idea of a Tree” is an autonomous production machine that crafts home furnishings. Created by Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of design studio Mischler Traxler, it’s powered by solar energy, with each product uniquely reflecting the characteristics of the environment during production.

Mischler Traxler explains below:

A tree is a product of its specific time and place. It reacts and develops according to its surrounding and constantly records various environmental impacts in its growth process. Each single tree tells its own story of development.

The goal of ‘the idea of a tree’- project was to bring the recording qualities of a tree and its dependence on natural cycles into products.

It slowly grows the object, by pulling threads through a colouring device, a glue basin and finally winding them around a mould.

The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sun/hours of the day. The thickness of the layer and the colour is depending on the amount of sun-energy. (more sun = thicker layer and paler colour; less sun=thinner layer and darker colour)

[via Treehugger]