Irene Maria Ganser | Chiara Colombini

Brass, bronze, patina and craftsmanship...

The designs of Irene Maria Ganser are not just there to be admired, they are also to be touched. It is surprising how smooth and warm the solid metal surfaces of her furniture designs feel. The secret lies in the craftsmanship and high quality standards of this artist /designer. Irene Maria Ganser insists on making the finishing touches to all of her pieces. Only when she is convinced 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.

Irene Maria Ganser's work blurs the boundaries between art and design. Her tables are like pieces of jewellery in a room, yet they are meant to be used everyday.

Living and working in Vienna the artist designer finds inspiration for her unique creations in the rich tradition of art foundry craftsmanship. Vienna is home to some of the world’s most beautiful examples of metal architecture. Irene Maria Ganser’s personal favourite is the dome of the Viennese Secession Building – an array of golden leaves. 

Ganser successfully echoes the ubiquitous Jugendstil – brass, bronze, patina and craftsmanship. Her deep connection with the natural world is evident in her work. The overwhelming visual impression is of a surface that absolutely mirrors its wooden counterpart. Complete with the fine lines yet with a sanded, polished finish the surface gives the impression of being almost soft to the touch, again reflecting the feel of warm cut wood. The grain, the weathering and ageing are all evidenced in the fine detail of a solid structure.

All Irene Maria Ganser's work is made in Austria.