Revolution needs more art! Fidel Peugeot and Karl Emilio Pircher have been working with this in mind for the past ten years at their design studio ‘Walking Chair’ in Vienna – that incidentally has lead to a minor, colorful revolution itself. Their playful design and colorful furniture exist at the nexus between directed creation and a playful and fun design language. Their best known piece, ‘Ping Meets Pong,’ a round table tennis plate, and the ‘Walking Chair,’ are studio icons and have even made it into a few museum collections.
Both men aren’t originally from Vienna, however, have definitely managed to stir up the third district’s design scene with Walking Chair. Close by to the baroque castle Belvedere and Park complex, directly between the Wittgenstein house and the Hundertwasserhaus, typography and music are created through product and graphic design in a former coffee house. This diversity of focus plays a large role in their business regardless of the designer emphasis, echoed in their apt motto: ‘We make things and music.’ The two men have also recently been increasingly occupied with architecture and interior architecture. Their gallery, ‘Walking Chair Gallery,’ exhibits pieces by emerging designers and artists.
During our conversation with Fidel and Karl Emilio, we learnt about the political side of design and why they think everybody with a computer can be considered a graphic designer. A true surprise awaited us behind these old Viennese building facades.