Markus Benesch designs Alpine residence for fabled "tuntschi" doll

A vengeful doll from an Alpine people story was the imagined occupant of this vibrant cabin-style residence created by German designer Markus Benesch at Milan design week.

The maximalist Alpine Rising set up featured ornamental Alpine-style furnishings and multi-coloured wall coverings, all full of references to life within the mountains.

Benesch developed the design after changing into fascinated by the fabled character of the “tuntschi” doll.

The exhibition featured Alpine-style furnishings and multi-coloured wall coverings

In response to the story, the tuntschi is usual out of wooden, straw and material by herdsmen who spend the summer time tending cattle on the mountain and crave feminine firm.

The doll involves life, but the herdsmen proceed to objectify her. So when the time comes for them to return residence, she takes murderous revenge on certainly one of them.

This acquired Benesch fascinated about what occurs after the story finishes.

Chairs at Alpine Rising exhibition by Markus Benesch
Stui eating chairs and Hockerl stools each mix ash wooden with vibrant resin

“I questioned, what is that this doll doing when she is alone within the wintertime?” he informed Dezeen. “I believed, possibly she has the time of her life.”

One of many beginning factors for the design was to consider the kinds of pastimes that the doll would possibly get pleasure from.

Cabinet in Alpine Rising exhibition by Markus Benesch
The Tuntschis Chapel cupboard relies on conventional Alpine structure

One concept was that she would possibly ski. This resulted in swirling motifs – paying homage to snow tracks – that appeared all through, plus a pair of bespoke skis.

Benesch additionally thought the doll would possibly take up pottery, which led him to the work of Austrian ceramicist Florian Tanzer, founding father of Vienna-based studio Luma Launisch.

Tanzer’s tough and enigmatic ceramics usually depict uncommon characters.

For Alpine Rising, he created vases and vessels that combine the face of the tuntschi. Some items had multiple face, in reference to her two-faced nature.

Dining table in Alpine Rising exhibition by Markus Benesch
The wallpaper combines pictures of picket shingles with completely different colors and tones

Benesch and his small-production furnishings, textile and wallpaper firm Curious Boy created a very {custom} inside for the tuntschi’s Alpine cabin.

Divided into rooms, it was full of farmhouse-style furnishings items that mixed conventional Alpine woodcraft with vibrant motifs typical of Benesch’s designs.

Benesch creates these patterns by inlaying wooden with pigmented resin.

Wardrobe at Alpine Rising exhibition by Markus Benesch
The zigzag-patterned Hochzeitsschrank wardrobe was crafted from pine

In ash wooden, designs on present included the cabin-style Tuntschis cupboard, the frilly Himmibed and the playful Stui eating chairs.

Walnut was used for the amorphous Splügen lamp, whereas the zigzag-patterned Hochzeitsschrank wardrobe was crafted from pine.

Ceramics by Florian Tanzer
Florian Tanzer created ceramics that discuss with the two-faced nature of the doll

For the wallpaper and textiles, Benesch created repeating patterns utilizing pictures of picket shingles that usually clad Alpine chalets, then overlaid them with varied colors and tones.

Underlying your entire design was an concept about getting away from at this time’s digital world and the dangerous results it might probably have on psychological well being, and as an alternative celebrating “an analogue way of life”.

Alpine Rising spoons
Benesch additionally produced hand-carved ash and walnut spoons

This concept was emphasised by hand-carved ash and walnut spoons and a pack of custom-designed enjoying playing cards.

“We need to disconnect from the loopy of our at this time’s world and reconnect extra with ourselves in nature,” added Benesch.

The exhibition shaped a part of the 5Vie district throughout Milan design week, the place different exhibitions included Artemest’s L’Appartamento, a Thirties residence redesigned by six completely different studios.

Following Milan design week, we collected ten standout installations and tasks on present through the week.

Alpine Rising was on present from 15 to 21 April 2023 as a part of Milan design week. See Dezeen Occasions Information for extra structure and design occasions around the globe.

Exhibition and furnishings pictures is courtesy of Markus Benesch Creates. Ceramic pictures is by Gregor Hofbauer.