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Carl Auböck

Austrian, 1924-1993

The Viennese artist and designer Carl Auböck is one of the quirkiest and most delightful and collectible of modern designers. A rather odd duck in the world of decorative arts, he was a peculiar talent whose specialties included smaller accessory furnishings and tabletop pieces such as corkscrews, paperweights, letter openers, book ends and bottle stoppers. He rendered these pieces in a combination of metal — most often brass — and such elemental materials as leather, knobby wood and animal horn, creating forms that could be almost surreal, from hands and feet to keys, birds and amoebae.

As a boy, Auböck was precocious and artistic. He studied drawing and at the same time trained in the workshop of his father, a popular maker of traditional bronze figurines and collectibles. In 1919, he went to Germany to study at the Bauhaus, where he was a pupil of the progressive artist and theorist Johannes Ittens. While the Bauhaus is most associated with the rigidly ordered, functionalist architecture of its directors Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the school was in reality a liberal, spirited place — a crucible for imaginative, playful and avant-garde art and design. It was this spirit that imbued Auböck’s work from the time he left in 1921 to return to work with his father in Vienna, and that was passed on to his descendants, who run the atelier that is still in operation today.

Vintage Auböck designs have a special character, a patina that only emphasizes how much the pieces have been loved and used. His small furniture items — leather- or caned-sling magazine racks; free-edge wooden side tables with tubular bronze legs; wicker serving trolleys with turned beechwood wheels — are elegant and purposeful. His bijoux desktop objects, library tools, ashtrays and barware pieces evince a kind of mirthful practicality. They seem to ask: “If you need a corkscrew, or a paperweight, or a candlestick, why not make it fun as well as functional?” And indeed, why not?

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$1,154
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Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Brass and Cane Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass and handwove...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass

Carl Auböck Vice Versa Floor Lamp
By Wiener Werkstätte, Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck vice versa floor lamp. These iconic and Minimalist Viennese floor lamps are executed in brass, wicker and cast iron designed by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria, circa 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass, Iron

Carl Auböck '4723' Wall Light
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck '4723' wall light. Executed in patinated brass with hard white paper shade. Designed in 1950, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamps is executed in brass with a cas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass

  • Carl Auböck '4723' Wall Light
  • Carl Auböck '4723' Wall Light
  • Carl Auböck '4723' Wall Light
  • Carl Auböck '4723' Wall Light
H 9.1 in. W 4.75 in. D 6.3 in.
Ice Bucket Design by Werkstätte Carl Auböck Metal Vienna, Austria, 1980s
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Ice bucket with accessories design by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, 1980s. A quite rare collectible manufactured most probably in the early 1980s. It shows the typical att...
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1980s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck

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Metal

Carl Auböck Model #3794 'Aorta' Brass Vase
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3794 'Aorta' brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstät...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3975 brass vase. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese vase is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass

  • Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
  • Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
  • Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
  • Carl Auböck Model #3975 Brass Vase
H 5 in. W 2.75 in. D 1 in.
Carl Auböck Model #4965 Large Brass Hook
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass #4956 brass hook. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished brass by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. Pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass

  • Carl Auböck Model #4965 Large Brass Hook
  • Carl Auböck Model #4965 Large Brass Hook
  • Carl Auböck Model #4965 Large Brass Hook
  • Carl Auböck Model #4965 Large Brass Hook
H 3.25 in. W .75 in. D 4.625 in.
Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3848 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pair. One ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

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Brass

  • Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
  • Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
  • Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
  • Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
H 4.8 in. W 2.25 in. D 4 in.
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