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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Seating

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.

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Creator: Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Set of Four Carl Auböck Chairs A7, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A rare set of four dining room or side chairs model 'A7' by Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. The chairs are made of warm toned and oiled wood. T...
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Wood, Leather, Faux Leather

Mid-Century Modern Organic Walnut Dining Chairs A7 Carl Auböck 1950s Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage authentic four ( 4 ) dining chairs model A7 from solid walnut by Werkstätte Carl Auböck und Robert Nessler, 1950s Vienna. A wonderful set of four dining c...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Seating

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Four Carl Aubock Custom Made Deer Skin Leather Butterly Chairs Fledermaus Sessel
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Up to four unique Carl Aubock midcentury Mod. No. 42 butterfly chairs from the 1960s. Deerskin leather instead of linen on an iron base, custom made by the workshop Carl Aubock. In v...
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Set of Four Carl Auböck Chairs A7, Walnut Wood Velvet, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A set of four dining room or side chairs model A7 by Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. The chairs are made of warm toned walnut wood. The seats a...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Seating

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Mid-Century Modern Green Vintage Dining Chairs by Carl Auböck 1956 Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of 2 green vintage dining chairs was designed by Carl Auböck 1956 Vienna and executed by E & A Pollak Vienna. The dining chairs were made of solid beechwood an...
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Carl Auböck II, Safari Chair Model 4979, Patinated Cognac Leather, Austria 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Safari chair model 4979, patinated cognac leather, Austria, 1950s. A single vintage safari chair from Carl Auböck II, made in the 1950s. The leather is patinated and ...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Seating

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Modernist Wooden Chairs A7 with Green Fabric Upholstery
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of two rare wooden chairs. Model no. A7, designed and executed by Carl Auböck and Robert Nestler in the 1950s. Straight modernist design, made of wood with an upholstery made ...
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Pair of Carl Aubock Modernist Wooden Chairs A7 with Green Fabric Upholstery
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of two rare wooden chairs. Model no. A 7, designed and executed by Carl Aubock and Robert Nestler in the 1950s. Straight modernist design, made of wood with an upholstery made...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Seating

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Carl Auböck Set of Six Dining Chairs Vienna 1956
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Carl Auböck Pair of Leather Safari Chairs
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Werkstätte Carl Auböck seating for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck Seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Werkstätte Carl Auböck seating there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 6 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original seating by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in Europe during the mid-20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Karl Fostel Sen’s Erben, J.&J. Khon and , Karl Schwanzer. The prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck seating can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,202 and tops out at US$7,900, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,465.

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