VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2015:
The history of the WIENER ESSIG BRAUEREI Gegenbauer goes back to the year 1929, when Erwin Gegenbauer’s grandfather Ignaz set up a small business as sauerkraut maker on Waldgasse 3. Later, his son became a major manufacturer of vegetable preserves, his workforce eventually amounting to 600 employees. On her first visit to the vinegar brewery in Vienna, the rich and multifaceted range of materials and smells particularly struck French-born designer Marlène Huissoud. The designer was fascinated most of all by the pellets resulting as “waste product” in the manufacture of the oils. Reusing these high-value press cakes is the personal concern of both Gegenbauer and Huissoud. The designer has discovered a form for this, the press cake is a collaboration between Studio Marlène Huissoud and Gegenbauer.
The Press Cake is one of the only machines on the site of the company but the rhythm created is intriguing and guide the material on an interesting shape. The aim of ‘The Press Cake’ is to value the waste of the company, handcraft a series of objects made from the waste extractions of the machine and celebrate the beauty of the traditional handcraft touch maintain in the company.
Huissoud adapted the machine in order to create hundreds of straight sticks from sunflower seeds and poured them in a beeswax base to maintain all of them bonded together. The challenge of this project was to only work with materials from the company and the beeswax found in their roof where they have beehives. Once the base of the tables was done, the top and bottom part of the tables were covered with sunflower seeds to remind us where the waste material was from.