The Viennese design group breadedEscalope (Sascha Mikel, Martin Schnabl und Michael Tatschl) transformed the entrance area of the Vienna outpost of Stilwerk into a temporary workshop in order to turn 'misfits' of the THONET chair production into make-shift, one-off chair designs. For those who might not be familiar, Stilwerk is a design retailer that houses 160 shops and over 1000 brands across their four locations—Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna.
Members of the public were encouraged to join in and build their own Thonet chair with the help of a few (power) tools, cable binders, glue, screws and assisted by the designers.
The cooperation does not work on the basis of a briefing but on the freedom of communicating an analysis of the form, material, tradition and processes involved in inventing a product.
Brit Leissler lives and acts between London and Berlin. After receiving a Master degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London she started her own Shoot the Stylist! design studio. She also works as a design educator for various institutions and founded Punch'n'Cuddle Ltd., producing and distributing her own products.
When taking a break from the design world she writes, sings and composes quirky electronic pop or travels the planet. Brit loves all forms of eccentricity, joins up the dots and aims to get into interesting conversations with all kinds of weird and wonderful people. As a hardcore digital camera gunslinger she shoots everything that moves and grooves. She doesn't eat animals, is hot for cheese, loves the Kensington Squirrels, robotic dance moves and life enhancing ideas.