“I’M MOST INTERESTED IN OLD CRAFTS, ESPECIALLY IN ART FOUNDRY AND SCREEN PRINTING. CREATING THINGS WITH MY HANDS FASCINATES ME.“
Growing up in Linz, Upper Austria, IRENE MARIA GANSER discovered her creative talent at a very young age. „It was always there,“ she says. Irene Maria Ganser first fell in love with the colour gold, its warmth, optimism and elegance as a child – “I suppose this is why I love working with brass and bronze.”
As a student, she was attracted to international design hubs. She went to Paris to study design and fashion and later moved to Milan, where she graduated from the Marangoni Institute with a Master’s degree in Fashion Design. She also studied Interior Architecture at the renowned Politecnico di Milano.
Irene Maria Ganser started her design career at the Milanese studio Corso Como 10, founded by the New York artist Kris Ruhs. In this fabulous creative space, she developed her passion and skills working with metal in the design areas of jewellery, sculpture, and art installation. On leaving Milan for Vienna, her talent attracted international brands such as Siemens, Chopard, and Alfa Romeo, who commissioned her to design on their behalf.
Irene Maria Ganser’s tables are regularly shown at international design fairs, exhibitions as well as in the architectural press: Most recently, three of her punto tables were selected for the VIP area of the Austria Pavillion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The artist’s tables were also exhibited at the PAD Geneva design fair. In the renowned architecture magazine AD France, her side table emilie was presented among the best designs of 2021.
Nature is a key resource for her unique creations. As she lives and works in Vienna she also finds inspiration in the rich tradition of art foundry craftsmanship. The city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful examples of metal architecture. The artist’s favourite is the dome of the Viennese Secession Building – an array of golden leaves.
IRENE MARIA GANSER is an Artist-Designer working in Vienna. She creates works of art with a purpose. Her pieces are sculptural, powerful, and emotional yet functional.
Nature is a crucial source of inspiration for the Artist-Designer, and each piece has its own story:
Sea corals inspire the table punto.
The albeo series of small lounge tables are made of wood from an old bridge.
The sculpture GV Kollmütz arose from a 250-year-old wooden wine press.
The conifera table tells the story behind the annual rings of a tree.
The side table Emilie is an homage to the Wiener Werkstätte, reinterpreting the classic Viennese wickerwork of a typical coffee house chair.
Contrast, structure, the touch and feel of an object play significant roles in her work. Each piece of art comes with its unique differences. There is smooth and rough, light and dark, matt and shiny, gold and black. At each time of day her objects look different. They may appear soft in the evening light and show their strong contrasts at midday – or vice versa.
It’s surprising how smooth and warm the solid metal surfaces of Irene Maria Ganser’s designs feel. The secret lies in her craftsmanship and quality standards. Only when she is satisfied with the result and all the details fall into place can her designs leave the workshop. “It is a wonderful feeling when a piece is right,” she says.
Alfa Romeo, Chopard, Motel One, Corso Como 10, Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro, Yacht Club Porto Montenegro, Siemens, Grüne Erde, Sonnentor, Bioemsan, Löffler, Eisberg and others.
THE SANDCASTING & ARTISANAL PROCESS OF THE PUNTO TABLE
putting sand on the model
stamp down the sand on the form
melting point of silicium bronze is 1000°
pouring the hot metal in the cold box