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THE PRESS CAKE | Process

A Project commissioned by the Vienna Design Week 2015, in collaboration with Gegenbauer.

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. Erwin Gegenbauer, entrepreneur in the third generation, cut back operations and, alongside running small guest rooms in the brewery, concentrates today primarily on the production of premier-quality vinegars and oils. On her first visit to the vinegar brewery in Vienna, French-born designer Marlène Huissoud was particularly struck by the rich and multifaceted range of materials and smells. 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.