Atelier Areti is an interdisciplinary design studio established by sisters Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer.
Gwendolyn and Guillane’s background is in visual arts with a focus on 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 spacial 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.
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.
She received her Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a Master in Advanced Architectural Studies (sustainable building) from the ETH, 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 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.