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Werkstätte Carl Auböck

Austrian

In Vienna’s Neubau district, a beautiful Biedermeier townhouse has been home to the Werkstätte Carl Auböck for more than 100 years. Inside the workshop, where production continues to this day, countless objects line the shelves, walls, tabletops and desktops.

The Viennese artist and designer Carl Auböck II was 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 desk accessories and tabletop pieces such as corkscrews, paperweights, letter openers, bookends 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 Surrealist, 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, Karl Heinrich Auböck, a popular maker of traditional bronze figurines and collectibles. In 1919, Carl II went to Germany to study at the Bauhaus, where he was a pupil of the progressive artist and theorist Johannes Itten. 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 Carl II’s work from the time he left in 1921.

In 1922 or ’23, Carl Auböck II returned to Vienna to help care for his ailing father, and he took over the business. He created the Werkstätte Carl Auböck and a legacy that earned his objects cult status among collectors. The business was passed on to his descendants, who run the atelier that is still in operation today. Today, objects designed by Carl II make up 90 percent of Werkstätte Carl Auböck’s production, joined by the creations of architect and designer Carl IV, his grandson.

Vintage Auböck designs have a special character, a patina that only emphasizes how much the pieces have been loved and used. Carl Aubock II’s 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?

Find a collection of vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors, seating, tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$1,135
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Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass '#3469' candleholder. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Aubö...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

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Brass

  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
H 4 in. W 4.72 in. D 2.95 in.
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 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 pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3653 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3652 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3652 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4636 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #4636 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck #3793 "Gourd" Vase or Bookend, Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3793 "Gourd" vase or bookend, Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #5261 Hook in Nickel
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #5261 hook in nickel. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese hook is executed in softly brushed nickel by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

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Nickel

  • Carl Auböck Model #5261 Hook in Nickel
  • Carl Auböck Model #5261 Hook in Nickel
  • Carl Auböck Model #5261 Hook in Nickel
  • Carl Auböck Model #5261 Hook in Nickel
H 4.5 in. W 1 in. D 1.5 in.
Rare Carl Aubock Mid-Century Table Lamp, Desk Lamp, Brass, Leather, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
We are proud to offer this very rare and beautiful table or desk lamp from the 1950s. Designed and executed by Carl Aubock, Austria. This lamp is made of brass and has a leather-cove...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

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Werkstätte Carl Auböck furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Werkstätte Carl Auböck furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 203 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 116 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Carl Auböck, Hertha Baller and Walter Bosse. The prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$136 and tops out at US$17,268, while pieces like these can sell for US$796 on average.

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