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THE PRESS CAKE | Objects

 


Collaboration between Studio Marlène Huissoud and Gegenbauer, an oil and Vinegar company based in Vienna, Austria since 1929.

When I first came to visit Gegenbauer for the Passionswege 2015, I felt in a divine era of smells and discovered an immensely rich palette of materials. I have been intrigued by the pellets, the leftover of the oils produced by Gegenbauer and the machine which extracts those materials by compressing and heating the seeds of the different plants.
The Press Cake is one of the only machine 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.

I have 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 has been found on their roof where they have beehives.
Once the base of the tables was done, I have added on top and on the bottom part of the tables sunflower seeds to remind us where the waste material is from.

 

Pressed side table n°1
38 (h) x 45 (d) x 45 (w) cm

Pressed side table n°2 
55 (h) x 25 (d) x 25 (w) cm