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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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?

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Creator: Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Model #3808 Brown Leather and Brass Magazine Rack
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3642 brown leather and brass table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural magazine rack is executed in beautifully grained brown cowhide lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Leather and Brass Magazine Rack, Carl Auböck for Auböck Werkstätte, Vienna 50s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Amstenrade, NL
Leather and brass magazine rack by Carl Auböck for Auböck Werkstätte, Vienna 50s. Beautiful patinated brass frame and saddle leather. In very good vinage condition.  
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4488 Cognac Leather and Brass Magazine Rack
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4488 brown leather and brass table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural magazine rack is executed in beautifully grained brown cowhide lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4488 Newspaper Tray, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4488 newspaper tray in leather and brass, Austria. New. Available in brown or black leather.
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3808 Black Leather and Brass Magazine Rack
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3642 black leather and brass table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural magazine rack is executed in beautifully grained black cowhide lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack Black Steel Leather Cognac Workshop Vienna, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Basel, BS
Rarely seen Carl Auböck magazine rack with a black frame, hand crafted by the Auböck workshop in Vienna, Austria in the 1950s. Solid, hand shaped in blackened steel, stitched leat...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Steel

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack in Leather and Brass, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Magazine Rack, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack No. 4102, Patinated Brass Leather, 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A gorgeous and large magazine or newspaper tray made of patined brass and black leather designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop, Vienna, Austria, in midcentury ...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack in Leather and Brass, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Magazine Rack, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Brass & Cognac Leather Magazine Rack, Signed, # 4019, 1950, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Timeless Mid-Century Modern newspaper/magazine stand no. 4019 designed by Carl Auböck II from early 1950s, signed and manufactured by Auböck Werkstätte in Vienna. It's made of solid ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Newspaper Tray
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic Carl Auböck newspaper tray in a polished brass and taint leather. Outstanding piece! #3808.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack in Leather and Brass, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Magazine Rack, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck II Vintage Magazine Stand, Black Patinated Leather, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II vintage magazine stand, black patinated leather, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack Nickel & Black Leather Aubock Workshop, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Basel, BS
Carl Auböck magazine rack with a nickel plated frame and black leather, hand crafted by the Auböck workshop in Vienna, Austria in the 1950s. Solid, hand-shaped with stitched leath...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Nickel

Rare Model 3608 Brass & Leather Magazine Stand by Carl Aubock, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Utrecht, NL
Solid brass and dark brown saddle leather magazine holder by Carl Aubock, Vienna from early 1960. A very rare model in beautiful condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck II Vintage Magazine Stand, Rattan Brass, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II Vintage Magazine Stand, Rattan Brass, Austria, 1950s
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Set of Three Carl Auböck Magazine Racks Leather & Nickel Austria 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Basel, BS
Collection of three Carl Auböck magazine racks with nickel plated & blackened frames, stitched leather, hand crafted by the Auböck workshop in Vienna, Austria in the 1950s. Width...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Nickel

Magazine Stand in Patinated Leather and Brass by Illums Bolighus, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Lejre, DK
Magazine stand in brass and leather designed and made by Illums Bolighus in the 1950s. Great condition.
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1950s Austrian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack Nickel & Black Leather Workshop Austria 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Basel, BS
Carl Auböck magazine rack with a nickel plated frame and black leather, hand crafted by the Auböck workshop in Vienna, Austria in the 1950s. Solid, hand-shaped with stitched leat...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Nickel

Large Austrian Midcentury Leather and Brass Magazine Rack by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Iconic large Austrian mid-century newspaper or magazine rack designed by Carl Auböck II from early 1950s and manufactured by Auböck Werkstätte in Vienna. It's made of solid brass an...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Brass & Black Leather Magazine Rack, Stand, No. 4488, 1950s, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Huge timeless Austrian Mid-Century Modern newspaper/magazine stand no. 4488 designed by Carl Auböck II from early 1950s and manufactured by Auböck Werkstätte in Vienna. This magazi...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4019-1 or 4019-2 Newspaper Tray, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4019-1 or 4019-2 newspaper tray in leather and brass, Austria. Available in black or brown leather.
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Aubock Brass and Black Leather Magazine Holder
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Norwalk, CT
Rare.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Austrian Mid-Century Walnut and Brass Fruit Bowl or Basket by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming Austrian mid-century fruit bowl or fruit basket designed and manufactured by Carl Auböck Vienna in beautiful original condition. It features a walnut frame with wire brass...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Original Teak Bowl with Brass and Rattan Handle by Carl Auböck Austria, 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Teak bowl, shell element Design: Carl Auböck, 1950s Producer: Auböck Workshop Vienna, Austria Origin: Austria Age: 1950s Description: Original 1950s bowl...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Large Teak Bowl with Brass and Leather Handle by Carl Auböck, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Teak bowl, shell element Design: Carl Auböck, 1950s Producer: Auböck Workshop Vienna, Austria Origin: Austria Age: 1950s Desc...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Very Rare Magazine Rack by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Munich, DE
Manufactured by Werkstätten Auböck. brass and leather.
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1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Brass and Leather Magazine Rack
By Illums Bolighus, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Chicago, IL
Carl Auböck brass and leather magazine rack, patined cognac leather and brass, model 3808 Note; strong patina and wear with several tears on edges and underside, consistent with age...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck Magazine Rack, Leather Nickel, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A gorgeous and large magazine or newspaper tray made of nickeled brass and moos or dark green leather designed by Carl Auböck in midcentury in 1950s. Very good condition with nice p...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Nickel, Brass

Carl Auböck Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Bookstand, 1950s, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A Carl Auböck vintage Mid-Century Modern brass bookstand model no. 3606, which was designed 1950s, Vienna. The bookstand shows beautiful brass patina and an overall good condition....
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Leather Brass Magazine Rack Carl Auböck, 1950s Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage leather brass magazine rack, which was designed by Carl Auböck, 1950s. The magazine rack consists of a brass frame and a light high quality leather bag for...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck II A Unique Prototype One Of A Kind Book Rest Brass, Austria 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II A Unique Prototype One Of A Kind Book Rest in Patinated Brass, Austria 1950s. A special treasure from the Werkstätte Carl Auböck: this one of a kind book rest was disc...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carl Auböck II Vintage Magazine Stand Collection Group of Three, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II vintage magazine stand collection group of three, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Werkstätte Carl Auböck magazine racks and stands for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck magazine racks and stands are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Werkstätte Carl Auböck magazine racks and stands, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. In stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 3 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original magazine racks and stands by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in Europe during the mid-20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider magazine racks and stands by and k. Prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck Magazine Racks and Stands can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,375 and tops out at $6,938, while pieces like these can sell for $2,100 on average.

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