Max Weidacher

 is a craftsman and designer based in Vienna, Austria. He graduated as an architect at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2012. During his studies he spent one year in Ahmedabad, India, studying at CEPT University and traveling. From 2015-2017 he studied at BASEhabitat, working on a housing project by in Bihar, India. Returning to Austria, he joined Martin Rauch’s company Lehm Ton Erde and has continued working there on a project basis. Focusing on circular economy in art, design and architecture he co-founded the studio zirka circa. Max is currently finalising his thesis in rural Uganda.

Manon Véret

 is a French designer living in Vienna. She moved to Austria in 2018 after graduating from the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. After a period working in a design studio, she began to explore her own practice with a focus on craftsmanship and a particular interest in the use of colour. In parallel to the zirka circa projects, which are more furniture and interior related, she likes to spend time in the studio drawing, painting or weaving. More recently, she has also begun to work with ceramic.

zirka circa


is a space to share the work they do together. There is no attempt to follow a specific line, but rather to go with the flow of the projects as they come up. Respect for resources and what already exists, be it materials or spaces, is seen as essential. This is achieved by considering the possibilities of re-use and renovation from the very beginning of the design process.