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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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
Austrian Midcentury Black Steel and Wicker Side Tables or Stools by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming set of small Austrian Midcentury Modern square sized tables or stools designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950 in beautiful condition. It´s frame i...
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Carl Aubock Design Coffee table walnut with copper legs, 1950s Austria.
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Carl Aubock Design Coffee table walnut with copper legs, 1950s Austria. Mid-century walnut and copper tree trunk coffee table by Carl Auböck, 1950s Beautiful design iconic mid-cen...
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Carl Auböck Model #3642 Brass and Leather Table
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3642 brass and leather table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural table is executed in beautifully grained oak, polished brass and hand u...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Large Walnut Tree Trunk Table, Carl Auböck 1940s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A large tree trunk table designed and made by the Auböck werkstätte, circa 1950. This table is made from reclaimed wood. Carl Auböck II, responsible for the design of this series, g...
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Carl Auböck Model #3642 Brass and Oak Table
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck model #3642 brass and oak table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural table is executed in beautifully grained oak and polished brass. Inspired b...
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Carl Aubock II Coffee Table Austria Glass Copper 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Aubock (1924-1993) designed this table in the 1960s. Original thick glass plate on a metal base. The base is made of brass, copper plated. Between the base and the glas top is a...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Copper

Carl Auböck Rattan Top Side or Couch Tables, 1950s, Austria
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Carl Auböck Model #3511 Walnut Table
By George Nakashima, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
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Carl Auböck, Freeform Coffee Table, Walnut, Brass, Vienna, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable "Tree Trunk" coffee table. Designed by Carl Auböck, produced by his firm Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, 1950s. In walnut and brass. Each leg is impressed with mak...
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Large Mahogany Tree Trunk Table, Carl Auböck, 1940s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A substantially sized tree trunk table designed and made by the Werkstätte Auböck in the 1940s. Carl Auböck II, responsible for the design of this series, graduated from the Bauhaus ...
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1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Carl Auböck #3511 Walnut Side Table, Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Side Table in Walnut by Carl Auböck, New.
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Organic Tree Trunk Coffee Table, Carl Auböck, Walnut Wood Patinated Brass, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A unique and gorgeous coffee or side table manufactured by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, in midcentury, circa 1950. It is made of a walnut tree trunk piece with great gra...
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Collection of Vintage Carl Aubock Pieces
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A collection of rare Carl Aubock vintage pieces. Total of twelve comprising of bowls, bookends, pitcher, most are signed.
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Carl Auböck II. Original Substantial Live Edge Tree Trunk Table, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. original substantial live edge tree trunk table, Austria, 1950s. Signed Auböck.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Carl Auböck Large Midcentury Tree Trunk Table, 1950s, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Beautiful tree trunk table by Carl Auböck. The table is made of burl walnut slub with three brass legs. The tabletop was shellack polished. The table is embossed with 'Auböck Made in...
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Carl Auböck II Woven Wicker Table Collection, Set of Eight, circa 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II woven wicker Table collection, set of eight, circa 1950 A rectangular table collection designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The table's...
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Carl Auböck II Woven Wicker Long Rectangular Table, circa 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A long rectangular table designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The table's frame is made from slender steel bar which has been lacquered in black. The ta...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Carl Auböck III Folding Tea Trolley
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York City, NY
Carl Auböck III folding wooden tea trolley, Austria, circa 1980s  Originally designed for the Culinar Ostovics, this tea trolley consists of two serving trays that allow the cart ...
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Carl Auböck II Vintage Woven Wicker Small Square Sized Table, circa 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A small square sized table designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The table's frame is made from slender steel bar which has been lacquered in black. The ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Carl Auböck Coffee Table, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Greding, DE
Walnut coffee table by Carl Auböck with three iron feet and blackened underside. Numbered "72". The table was restored in 2018 in the workshop of Carl Auböck.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Mid-Century Modern Vintage Metal Wicker Side Table by Carl Auböck 1950s, Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage side table designed and made by Carl Auböck, 1950s, Vienna. This marvelous side table shows a black lacquered iron frame and the top was made of bondoot. T...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Mid Century Modern Vintage Rattan Side Table by Carl Auböck, circa 1950, Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage side table of sofa table from rattan and steel designed by Carl Auböck circa 1950s. The side table shows a black painted steel frame and an original wicker...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Mid Century Modern Organic Coffee Table Sofa Table Carl Auböck, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage authentic organic coffee table or sofa table by Carl Auböck for workshop Auböck 1950s Austria. A beautiful iconic coffee table or sofa table by Carl Auböck...
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Carl Auböck Tree Trunk Table
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in London, GB
A large tree trunk table designed and made by the Auböck Werkstätte, circa 1950. Carl Auböck II, responsible for the design of this series, graduated from the Bauhaus under Johannes...
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1940s Austrian Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Side Table by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel frame black painted with a rattan wicked top. Original condition not restored.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Tables

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Large Carl Aubock Tree Table
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Solid walnut tabletop on three brass legs with rubber shoes. Dimensions: 123 x 63 x 46 cm (48 x 25 x 14.18in).
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Werkstätte Carl Auböck tables for sale on 1stDibs

The Werkstätte Carl Auböck tables 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 tables to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 12 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 3 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original tables 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 tables by Max Kment, Oswald Haerdtl and Kunstgewerbliche Werkstätte Max Kment if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck tables can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,202 and tops out at $17,268, while pieces like these can sell for $8,078 on average.

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