Martin Mostböck   AID


Numerous solo- and group exhibitions

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brno, Bruxelles, Budapest, Cape Town, Colone, Eindhoven, Eisenstadt, Graz, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Langenthal, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Milano, New York, Nicosia, Pilsen, Poznan, Prag, Riga, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seoul, Skopje, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tallin, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Turin, Vienna, Vilnius, Washington, Wroclaw, Zagreb, Zurich




Design Palazzo Austria

16.04. -  21.04.2024, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Palazzo Confalonieri
Via Romagnosi 8, Brera Design District


Milan Design Week is undoubtedly a highlight in the calendar of the global interior and design elite. This year it is moving with particular force, as 30 Austrian companies are presenting their best products in the “DESIGN PALAZZO AUSTRIA” in downtown Milan.
The range of exhibits ranges from exclusive armchairs that were specially designed for Konstantin Filippou's award-winning restaurant, to award-winning natural fiber carpets from an Innsbruck studio, to environmentally friendly beds from the Bregenzerwald.
Konstantin Chair and Enzo the Champagne cooler will be exhibited at DESIGN PALAZZO AUSTRIA.



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Konstantin chair




The Chairman. Stories of Common Objects and Regional Contexts - Extended Version

Friday, March 31 – Saturday, June 11, 2023
Landesgalerie Burgenland, Eisenstadt

Opening: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.


Supported by
Bundeskanzleramt Österreich – Sektion II Kunst, Burgenland Kultur, Freistadt Eisenstadt, apm Holding, Braun Lockenhaus, Colourfish Real Estate,
Freispiel GmbH, H&S Zauntechnik GmbH, Merkur Treuhand, Stekovics GmbH, Swisspearl Österreich GmbH, Viabizzuno progettiamolaluce,
VI-Engineers Bauträger GmbH, VOLA Vertriebs GmbH, Vorwerk Flooring

CIS – Creative Industries Styria


The architect and designer Martin Mostböck designs furniture, houses, interiors, objects of everyday life and regularly blurs the boundaries between the different disciplines. As part of the exhibition “The Chairman” within the Landesgalerie Burgenland in Eisenstadt Mostböck presents designs encompassing several decades of his work. These include chairs, pieces of furniture, houses and interiors which straddle the line between being pieces of art and mass-produced objects. The exhibition also presents his award-wining museum pieces, including objects from the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv or the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna. Visitors of the exhibition can come face to face with products made in small-scale series, unique pieces, manufactured only in limited numbers and products of which almost 60.000 were produced. This also makes it possible to trace the connections between experiment, craftsmanship, industry and sustainable design, which usually seem worlds apart. Mostböck combines experience, aesthetic and the contemporary, without ignoring the creative heritage of several stiles. His approach is calm, true-to-life and nevertheless focused on the project, regardless whether it is the design of a champagne cooler made from marble or the exterior of a building or the enviroment created for an interior. Mostböck views, thinks and translates. The exhibition showcases the connections between different areas and how they affect the design process. Mostböck endeavors and succeeds in making these invisible connections visible.

The exhibition is accompanied by the launch of the new book AID Zwei. ArchitectureInteriorsDesignZwei (Verlag Anton Pustet) with essays by Michael Hausenblas, Matthias Boeckl, Gudrun Hausegger, Zachary Edelsonand Lisbeth Legat.




Design Everyday – Design für den Gebrauch 2022


17.9. – 25.9.2021, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Festivalzentrale im GEWÖLBE, Rahlgasse 8, 1060 Vienna


Konstantin Chair will be exhibited at DESIGN EVERYDAY 2022.

While the increasing unmanageability of the world of goods that surrounds us makes it more and more difficult to determine the qualities that lend validity to good design, the sixth edition of Design Everyday offers insights into the day-to-day activities of Austrian design studios. The format displays the innovative potential of the Austrian design scene and illustrates the fact that design criteria such as function, aesthetic, haptic, and sustainability are consistently being rethought and optimized in line with the latest demands. Overall, Design Everyday represents an open collection that grows over time: with no claim to completeness, but with the perspective of offering Austrian product designers a platform with an international reach. The objective of the initiative is to encourage discussion and cooperation between designers and manufacturers as a means of strengthening mutual exchange and supporting cooperation.

Conceived and curated by Vandasye, in cooperation with the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.
Supported by the Vienna Business Agency, Department of Creativity & Business.


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The Chairman. Stories of Common Objects and Regional Contexts

Saturday, May 7 – Saturday, May 28, 2022, Tu – Sa, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

designforum Steiermark, Graz (free entry)


Supported by
BRAUN Lockenhaus GmbH, Colourfish Real Estat GmbH, APM Holding GmbH, VOLA Vertriebs GmbH, Vorwerk Austria GmbH


In the exhibition "The Chairman" at the designforum Steiermark, the designer and architect Martin Mostböck shows how he approaches the challenge of an armchair design, which is considered the supreme discipline in design.

The architect and designer Martin Mostböck designs furniture, houses, interiors, everyday objects and is a border crosser between disciplines.
In the exhibition Mostböck shows designs that were created in the last two decades. On display are armchairs and furniture that stand in the field of tension between art and serial product. Among other things, excellent museum pieces will be presented. But small series and serial products of individual pieces can also be studied in the show. In this way, it is possible to trace the wide world between experiment, craft, industry and sustainable design.
The exhibition shows how connections between different areas are entangled and flow into the design process. Mostböck thereby attempts to make these invisible connections visible.


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Design Everyday – Design für den Gebrauch 2021


24.9. – 3.10.2021, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Festival headquarters, Sachsenplatz 4-6, 1220 Vienna


A Bunch of Holes will be exhibited at DESIGN EVERYDAY.
DESIGN EVERYDAY on behalf of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK goes into the fifth round. The exhibition shows the innovation potential of the Austrian design scene and makes it clear that design criteria such as function, aesthetics, haptics and sustainability are constantly being reconsidered and optimized in keeping with the times.
Conceived and curated by Vandasye (Georg Schnitzer and Peter Umgeher), in cooperation with VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.


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A Bunch of Holes

Graz, Designmonat 2021

MuR - Modernes & Raritäten


A fence manufacturer as a furniture designer? “H + S Zauntechnik” and “Designer of the Year” Martin Mostböck dare to cross borders in a new form of cooperation. The first output is colorful, expressive and all weatherproof: the outdoor seating group "Bunch of Holes". Tear down fences in your head and think far beyond the boundaries of your own territory. An attitude that the Raaba-based company H + S Zauntechnik has been practicing for years. Two successful design competitions by the fence construction specialist in the recent past - each in cooperation with the CIS - are evidence of this. The result is sensational fence designs by local creative people, some of which have also found their way into the H + S product range - above all the “WunderBAR” fence by the Viennese architect and designer Martin Mostböck. Fence design, which borrows from barcodes from the world of products and goods, is now a fixture in the portfolio of the domestic fence manufacturer. Martin Mostböck is also at the center of the company's current design activities. The fruitful flow between the designer and the client from Raaba resulted in a new form of collaboration that made Mostböck “Designer of the Year” without further ado.


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Hollenegger Design Talks 2020

Design talk 1: Fine Dining Chair - an armchair as a noble trademark, September 22nd

Martin Mostböck & Konstantin Filippou


Also in 2020 the Hollenegger Design Talks will bring design and classic business together. At various talks on September 22nd and 23rd, 2020 in Schloss Hollenegg for Design, best practice examples will be reported. Creativity is the raw material of innovation. It has always been like that, not just in times of crisis. What the crisis sharpens, however, is the perception of good design. Design plays a key role in this process. "Design Thinking" is more than a method, more a mindset. It means integrating design as a creative strategy into the entire development process of products and services. Design becomes "systemically relevant" as soon as success or failure depends on the right ideas, the right implementation and the right interaction of processes and products. Because no matter where the development of a service or a product is currently located: Design can and will make the decisive difference. Good design, bad design - that's no longer a question of taste!

Martin Mostböck, one of Austria's most respected product / industrial designers and architects, developed an upholstered armchair made of black leather, dark wood and brass together with the celebrity chef Konstantin Filippou. It is considered a trademark for the top restaurant in Vienna and thus puts the interior at eye level with the cuisine. The object, which was created by Mostböck and Filippou in close cooperation, gives the restaurant a special, noble and high-quality atmosphere. Konstantin Filippou was born in Graz. His culinary art builds a multicultural bridge between Austria and Greece, his father's home. His multiple award-winning restaurant "Konstantin Filippou" in Vienna was founded in 2013.


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Architektur Tage 2019

House for a Winegrower/Horitschon

Guided Tour, Sat. May 25th 2019, 11.30pm


On May 24th and 25th, 2019, the 10th edition of the Architekturtage Austria´s largest biennial architecture and Baukulturevent will once again be taking place across the nation. Bringing complex topics closer to the interested public, this years highly varied programme has the motto RAUM MACHT KLIMA (Spaces Force Climate). The many meanings of the term climate will be explored in a series of guided walks and curated tours, talks with architects, creative art interventions, and studio and construction site visits. The Architekturtage sharpen awareness for quality sustainable design and encourage the perception of architecture in many different ways.

The Architekturtage 2019 are under the auspices of Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen.

Take the opportunity of a guided tour to the "Best House" award-winning project "House for a Winegrower" by architect Martin Mostböck.


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Customized Fences Edition 2019 | WunderBAR

Graz, Designmonat 2019

Joanneumsviertel, Neutorgasse 45


Customized Fences Edition 2019 by H + S Zauntechnik.

Open your limits and blow up what narrows them! At the invitation of the CIS, three architecture teams with H + S Zauntechnik and Styrian timber construction companies have developed prototypes on the subject of costumized fences "Wood & Fence". The network company Creative Industries Styria sees itself as a bridge-builder and networking entity between creative industries and the classical economy, with the aim of improving and expanding market performance and performance. The DESIGN TRANSFER program supports companies and clients in boosting their competitiveness and innovative strength through the targeted use of design. The mediation program combines a bundle of measures such as "Design to Business", the implementation or accompaniment of competitions, consulting, mediation,Design talks, etc.




Das Beste Haus 2018

House for a Winegrower

AzW Architekturzentrum Wien, MQ, Vienna


The best single- and two-family homes in Austria are being sought for what is already the seventh time. Careful treatment of the existing substance continues to gain in importance.

The s Bausparkasse is awarding the prize for ‘The Best House’, in collaboration with the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Architekturzentrum Wien. The jury, comprising representatives from the various regional architecture institutions in Austria, awards a prize for The Best House from the many submissions in each federal province. Once more a trend can be discerned among this year’s finalists, too, for redeveloping existing contexts, i.e. the extension and conversion of existing buildings. The tendency to employ natural and raw building materials remains unbroken. The nine winning projects are to receive their awards at the prize-giving ceremony at the Az W, and are presented alongside other submissions worthy of public attention in the accompanying exhibition.



Smart Urban Privacy | The Rough One

Graz, Designmonat 2017

Schlossbergplatz, Dreifaltigkeitskirche


As part of the Designmonat Graz 2017, five Austrian designers were invited to develop prototypes for a smart urban furniture made of wood, in collaboration with the Styria wooden cluster, together with five Styrian timber construction companies.

Martin Mostböck designed a basic dwelling, an archaic habitation from these geometric components: a simple cone with a canopy that rises at a point orthogonal to the ground. The object is a thought-provoking resting place in the accelerated world of mobile telephony and telephone mobility. A visible object in the virtual space. A visually tangible hub in an unpredictable WLANdscape... a metaphor for privacy in public space. The built, fleeting idea of a center under virtual, de-central circumstances. An object as a culmination point. An ephemeral intervention in urban space, temporary ... used or un-used, utilized or un-utilized, made visible... made of construction-timber and plywood... milled, roughly built and quickly erected...

…the Rough One.


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Garcia chair - since 15 years part of the permanent collection of the MAK

MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art)

Vienna, November 8, 2016


On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Garcia chair in the MAK collection, the museum invited to the MAK Design Shop.

The armchair was developed by Martin Mostböck for BRAUN Lockenhaus in 2001 and was added to the MAK collection in the same year. For this anniversary, Garcia and the Design Shop presented a new color collection in a limited edition.

The concept of the “Garcia” chair (MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts) transfers information in a visible and strong form – a logo – that looks like a “tattoo” on human skin. The “tattoo” shows part of the MAK-logo, directly painted on the “wooden” skin of the seat shell.

Garcia is a stackable chair and may be ganged together in rows.





AID - ArchitectureInteriorsDesign

Austrian Cultural Forum London

London, September 18 - October 2, 2015


Austrian architect and designer Martin Mostböck designs houses, furniture and equipment, interiors and objects of everyday use. He rejects all superficial styling, going back to the fundamentals in his design in order to achieve authenticity. He compares his approach to that of a design engineer who seeks out ideas which he can make not only visible but also palpable for other people and sees architecture as a shared journey, at the end of which all participants are happy. Working for leading European companies like Moroso, Eternit and Vorwerk his designs are part of some of the world’s most prestigious museum collections such as the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna. The exhibition in the Austrian Cultural Forum will feature Mostböck’s most iconic designs including models, products, prototypes and sketches in different scales. The exhibition is accompanied by the launch of the new book of the same title with essays by Michael Hausenblas, Christian Desrues and Norman Kietzmann.



Salone del Mobile

Moroso Spa

Salone del Mobile Fiera Rho, Milano

14- 19 April, 2015


A recyclable and sustainable material which ensures the maximum stability with the comfort of a cantilevered seat.

A design developed from the use of a sustainable and fully recyclable material, mainly composed of linen fibres and polypropylene. A seat which combines the stability of a standard four-legged chair with the comfort of a cantilevered seat. The shell is produced by pressing in a mould different layers of linen felt, mixed with the polypropylene to ensure adequate stability for the final result. Produced originally to demonstrate the versatility and the potential of a material developed for the automotive industry also in the area of interiors and design, it is today part of the Moroso product range.



Sapere Vedere - Knowing How to See

Design Museum Holon

Tel Aviv, July 13 - October 25, 2014


Amongst others participating designers in the exhibition are Ron Arad, Nendo, Konstantin Grcic, Stefan Diez and Martin Mostböck.

Bruno Munari was an artist, a Futurist and Modernist painter, an inventor, and designer who made a significant contribution with his extraordinary work, which makes connections between playfulness, creativity, art and design, and the dialogue between them. Munari’s art and design pieces, Useless Machines, X-Hour, Direct Projection, Flexi, and Chair for Short Visits, attest to an exceptional designer who possessed the thinking skills of a child and a philosophical worldview holding that “progress means simplifying, not complicating”. In the course of his life Munari discovered the secrets of children’s thinking and creativity, and adopted them for himself; simple, almost na?ve thinking, ceaselessly asking questions, and especially the secret of observing things from multiple and impossible angles.

Beppe Finessi, curator of Infinite Insight (Milan, 1999), described Munari as a genius, child, philosopher, and a teacher who simultaneously learns from life and creates it. Saper Vedere, knowing how to see, is a statement that typifies Munari’s philosophy, whereby he invites us to observe the world around us. His book, Drawing A Tree, his Zodiacali jewelry in the form of the constellations representing each sign of the zodiac, his book Good Design that describes design from the perspective of a rose, an orange, and an apple, and many of his other works tell us how Munari translates observation of the world into primary, surprising, and thought-provoking design. Amazingly, this thinking, which was relevant in the 1960s and 70s, is still relevant in the next millennium.



The Best Friends Chair becomes part of the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

New York, May 10, 2013


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today. Accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1991, MAD focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital. For nearly half a century, MAD has served as the country’s premier institution dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects created in media such as clay, glass, wood, metal and fibre. The seed for MAD, however, was planted almost 70 years ago, when Aileen Osborn Webb - the nation’s premier craft patron and benefactor - established the American Craftsmen’s Council in 1942.


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The Jerome and Simona Chazen Building

2 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019


“It is said that old furniture has a history. Very well, but most of the time, it is one of its owners. But some new furniture also has a history, namely that of its origin. Martin Mostböck´s object, Best Friend’s Chair, was not born from practical considerations, as one can easily see. The creation arose from a reaction, so it is really a response to experiences, a personal catharsis. Experience is being processed, brought to shape. In Mostböck´s native city of Vienna, which is, along with its many benefits, also known for its not always likeable idiosyncrasies of its inhabitants, people paraphrase exceptionally vile behaviour among people close to each other with a variety of colourful expressions. "A stab in the back" is one of them. That is also a way to understand design, as an instrument of retribution. The rack was also designed by someone, wasn’t it? Mostböck contents himself with the torture chair. Nothing to lean back and relax anyway!”

Christian Desrues (Journalist, Vienna)




The FLAXX Chair becomes part of the collection of the Design Museum Holon

Design Museum Holon

Tel Aviv (IL)


Design Museum Holon is part of a long-standing commitment to culture and education in the city of Holon. Design Museum Holon opened in March 2010 and had quickly established itself as one of the worlds leading museums of design and contporary culture. Housed in an iconic building by the internationally acclaimed architect, Ron Arad, Design Museum Holon is a vital and dynamic resource for designers, students, creative industries and the general public. Each year the Museum presents an exciting and varied program of exhibitions and events each dedicated to helping visitors gain a deeper understanding of design and the role it plays in our lives.

The establishment of Design Museum Holon is a high point in the ongoing process of transforming the city of Holon into an epicenter of culture and education. Over the past decade, the city has introduced a wealth of edification programs, launched cultural festivals, opened new museums and introduced urban art installations, all leading to the enrichment of municipal life.




The Making of FLAXX

Design Museum Holon

Tel Aviv, March 27- 30, 2013


Martin Mostböck was invited to present the FLAXX chair at the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv during the Design Week Holon 2013. Austrian designer and architect Martin Mostböck will be giving a special lecture in the Materials Library at Design Museum Holon in which he will present the design and manufacturing process of the FLAXX chair. FLAXX a hybrid design which offers the comfort of a free-swinging chair as well as the functionality of a conventional four-legged chair. The novel structure of the support frame and the combination of advantages from both designs is a contemporary interpretation in both form and function. The seat shell and frame are made of 100% recyclable materials. The seat shell is made from natural fibre mats, which are moulded into a stable three dimensional form by pressing multiple layers of the material. The mats predominantly consist of flax, an annually renewable raw material, and are held together by textile polypropylene as an adhesive.

FLAXX was awarded the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2011 of the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, one of the most important awards for sustainability and "Green Design" in the world. FLAXX is also part of the permanent collection of the MAK – the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Lecture: Thursday, March 28, 17:00, Auditorium