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ARETI Designer Furniture | Atelier Areti is a design studio established by sisters Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer.
Their work reflects this interest in both the object and space, exploring and existing between the sculptural quality of the object and its spacial dynamic.

Atelier Areti is an interdisciplinary design studio established by sisters Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer.

Gwendolyn and Guillane’s background is in visual arts – drawing and sculpture, architecture and design. Their work reflects this interest in both the object and space, exploring and existing between the sculptural quality of the object and its spatial dynamic.

‘We strive to develop something new and beautiful through our work. We are driven by curiosity and the desire to explore works that touch us on a deeper, direct emotional level as well engage us in a more conscious conceptual way.

These artistic ambitions need to be realized and developed in the actual material product. The material realization gives the design it’s place in our daily life. A well done object will be valued for a long time; we aim to create pieces that remain relevant through their beauty, function and quality.’

Atelier Areti is a truly European studio and Gwendolyn and Guillane’s international background continues to inform their work.

The design team works with Gwendolyn and Guillane between Trieste Italy and London UK.

Our manufacturing is mainly located in Germany. The lights are made there from start to finish. We make most of the single components in house and collaborate with local expert workshops for processes for which we lack specialized equipment such as galvanization or extrusion processes.

The making of our pieces require both – very skilled craftsmanship as well as cutting edge technology. Our pieces often need a very experienced craftsmen to perform delicate welding or polishing work by hand, as well as complex machined pieces that can only be made by state of the art automated technology. The manufactures are equipped with a number of sophisticated machines, which are regularly expanded, allowing us to make a large number of components specifically for our designs in house.

We also work with a number of specialists in the areas of LED technology, electrical components, glass (both mouth blown and flat hand made) most located close by as well.

Our stone pieces are made in Italy and Greece mainly using local stones; both are countries with a longstanding tradition in stone-masonry and marble sculpture. The wooden pieces are made in central European countries with vast forests and local woods, thereby allowing us to source locally and sustainably whenever possible as well.

Gwendolyn was born in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria and is Austrian / French. She received a Bachelor in Visual Arts with a concentration in sculpture from Duke University, NC graduating magna cum laude and with the Visual Arts Department’s highest award (Mary Duke Biddle award). She received her Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a Master in Advanced Architectural Studies in sustainable building from the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich.

Among others, Gwendolyn worked at the architectural offices of Peter Eisenman Architects New York, Kleihues und Kleihues Berlin, MVRDV Rotterdam and Wiel Arets Architects Amsterdam. Gwendolyn was head of research at ‘laba’ / EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) for 3 years, where she researched contemporary developments in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning.

Guillane was born in 1981 in Innsbruck, Austria and is Austrian / French. She completed an art foundation program in Paris before studying Art History and Archaeology at the Sorbonne in Paris, receiving a DEUG. She went on to study Product Design at Central Saint Martins where she graduated in 2006. Guillane worked for several years as an interior designer in London before starting Atelier Areti with her sister Gwendolyn.

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