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Carl Aubock: The Workshop

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The work Austria's premier design and fabrication shop—specializing in modern and sophisticated objects for the home in bronze, horn, wood, wicker, leather, and glass for over a century—is collected in Carl Auböck: The Workshop.

The Werkstätte (Workshop) Carl Auböck was founded in the 19th century—one of many workshops in Vienna specializing in bronze-casting. However, Carl Auböck II (1900-1957) was one of the very few Viennese students who attended the Bauhaus in post-World War I Weimar, and when he returned to the Workshop he brought inspiration from this new design movement. Expert craftsmanship and superior quality materials such as hand-sewn leather, polished bronze, and various woods became the signature of the Bauhaus-inspired Auböck Workshop and many of their whimsical, modernist designs stand out as prescient objets d'art.

Carrying on generations of the Workshop tradition, son Carl Auböck III (1924-1993) and grandson Carl Auböck IV (born 1954) were instrumental in forging ahead with new ideas and designs while preserving the quality craftsmanship and integrity of the Workshop which today remains among the last of its kind. Despite designing over 6,000 original objects and pieces of furniture in the early to mid-20th century, Auböck somehow has eluded the spotlight and the Workshop's products remain cult objects of desire, cherished quietly by design greats and savvy collectors. More incredibly, only one quarter of the Workshop's designs have been documented, leaving an astounding 4,000 objects yet to be "discovered."

Carl Auböck: The Workshop documents hundreds of signature Workshop objects culled from exclusive private collections, and brings us into the Workshop itself with contemporary photographs, interviews with Carl Auböck IV, and historical documents and photographs depicting the Workshop's historic legacy.

“...The strange and luminous world of the Viennese designer Carl Auböck (1900–57). A master of elemental materials like brass, leather, wood and horn, Auböck had a flair for exquisitely turned curios—paperweights, corkscrews, pipe holders—that still exert a magnetic pull... His larger works—Nakashima-like free-edge wooden tables with spindly brass legs, leather-sling

magazine racks, gooseneck lamps that evoke alien plant life from 1950s sci-fi flicks—have their fans. But...the smaller household and office objects from the 1940s and ’50s have made Auböck a full-blown cult hero. Beloved by contemporaries like Charles and Ray Eames and Walter Gropius, these pieces are now hunted down by collectors the likes of Michael Maharam and Diane von Furstenberg.”

The New York Times, T Magazine, “Brass in Pocket, Carl Auböck’s Exquisite Curios,” May 20, 2010

Synopsis:

The Werkstätte (Workshop) Carl Auböck was founded in the 19th century—one of many workshops in Vienna specializing in bronze-casting. However, Carl Auböck II (1900-1957) was one of the very few Viennese students who attended the Bauhaus in post-World War I Weimar, and when he returned to the Workshop he brought inspiration from this new design movement. Expert craftsmanship and superior quality materials such as hand-sewn leather, polished bronze, and various woods became the signature of the Bauhaus-inspired Auböck Workshop and many of their whimsical, modernist designs stand out as prescient objets d'art.

Carrying on generations of the Workshop tradition, son Carl Auböck III (1924-1993) and grandson Carl Auböck IV (born 1954) were instrumental in forging ahead with new ideas and designs while preserving the quality craftsmanship and integrity of the Workshop which today remains among the last of its kind. Despite designing over 6,000 original objects and pieces of furniture in the early to mid-20th century, Auböck somehow has eluded the spotlight and the Workshop's products remain cult objects of desire, cherished quietly by design greats and savvy collectors. More incredibly, only one quarter of the Workshop's designs have been documented, leaving an astounding 4,000 objects yet to be "discovered."

Carl Auböck: The Workshop documents hundreds of signature Workshop objects culled from exclusive private collections, and brings us into the Workshop itself with contemporary photographs, interviews with Carl Auböck IV, and historical documents and photographs depicting the Workshop's historic legacy.

“...The strange and luminous world of the Viennese designer Carl Auböck (1900–57). A master of elemental materials like brass, leather, wood and horn, Auböck had a flair for exquisitely turned curios—paperweights, corkscrews, pipe holders—that still exert a magnetic pull... His larger works—Nakashima-like free-edge wooden tables with spindly brass legs, leather-sling

magazine racks, gooseneck lamps that evoke alien plant life from 1950s sci-fi flicks—have their fans. But...the smaller household and office objects from the 1940s and ’50s have made Auböck a full-blown cult hero. Beloved by contemporaries like Charles and Ray Eames and Walter Gropius, these pieces are now hunted down by collectors the likes of Michael Maharam and Diane von Furstenberg.”

The New York Times, T Magazine, “Brass in Pocket, Carl Auböck’s Exquisite Curios,” May 20, 2010

About the Author

Clemens Kois is a multidisciplinary creator working in photography, drawing, painting, and design. Kois has lived in Salzburg, Rome, Stuttgart, Vienna, and New York City, and has formally studied photography and taken painting, design, and photo workshops with the likes of Kiki Kogelnik, Paolo Piva, and Nan Goldin. Making his living primarily through his design work, Kois currently divides his time between Salzburg and New York.

Patrick Parrish is the owner of the Manhattan design gallery Mondo Cane and the creator of the popular blog MONDOBLOGO. He has recently contributed to Apartmento, Bad Day, and 01 magazines with his photography and interviews of Martino Gamper, Ro/Lu, and Project No.8. He is a collector, a sometime painter, and always has a camera in his pocket. His latest show at his Tribeca shop was of the mathematically inspired aluminum furniture of Jonathan Nesci for Hale Industrial Design.

Michael Boyd is a Los Angeles based designer, writer, and collector of vintage modern design. He is the principal of BoydDesign, a consulting firm for the restoration and preservation of modernist architecture, and has supervised the restoration of homes designed by Craig Ellwood, John Lautner, Paul Rudolph, Oscar Niemeyer, Richard Neutra, and Rudolph Schindler among others. Boyd curated and designed the installation of the architecture and design section of the

exhibition Birth of Cool, at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781576876152
Author:
Parrisch, Patrick
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Author:
Lambrakis, Sophia
Author:
Kois, Clemens
Author:
Aubock, Carl
Author:
Parrish, Patrick
Author:
Janusiak, Brian
Author:
Clemens, Kois
Author:
Boyd, Michael
Subject:
Crafts-General
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
400 COLOR PHOTOS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
12.3 x 9.26 x 1.17 in 3.44 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Werkstätte (Workshop) Carl Auböck was founded in the 19th century—one of many workshops in Vienna specializing in bronze-casting. However, Carl Auböck II (1900-1957) was one of the very few Viennese students who attended the Bauhaus in post-World War I Weimar, and when he returned to the Workshop he brought inspiration from this new design movement. Expert craftsmanship and superior quality materials such as hand-sewn leather, polished bronze, and various woods became the signature of the Bauhaus-inspired Auböck Workshop and many of their whimsical, modernist designs stand out as prescient objets d'art.

Carrying on generations of the Workshop tradition, son Carl Auböck III (1924-1993) and grandson Carl Auböck IV (born 1954) were instrumental in forging ahead with new ideas and designs while preserving the quality craftsmanship and integrity of the Workshop which today remains among the last of its kind. Despite designing over 6,000 original objects and pieces of furniture in the early to mid-20th century, Auböck somehow has eluded the spotlight and the Workshop's products remain cult objects of desire, cherished quietly by design greats and savvy collectors. More incredibly, only one quarter of the Workshop's designs have been documented, leaving an astounding 4,000 objects yet to be "discovered."

Carl Auböck: The Workshop documents hundreds of signature Workshop objects culled from exclusive private collections, and brings us into the Workshop itself with contemporary photographs, interviews with Carl Auböck IV, and historical documents and photographs depicting the Workshop's historic legacy.

“...The strange and luminous world of the Viennese designer Carl Auböck (1900–57). A master of elemental materials like brass, leather, wood and horn, Auböck had a flair for exquisitely turned curios—paperweights, corkscrews, pipe holders—that still exert a magnetic pull... His larger works—Nakashima-like free-edge wooden tables with spindly brass legs, leather-sling

magazine racks, gooseneck lamps that evoke alien plant life from 1950s sci-fi flicks—have their fans. But...the smaller household and office objects from the 1940s and ’50s have made Auböck a full-blown cult hero. Beloved by contemporaries like Charles and Ray Eames and Walter Gropius, these pieces are now hunted down by collectors the likes of Michael Maharam and Diane von Furstenberg.”

The New York Times, T Magazine, “Brass in Pocket, Carl Auböck’s Exquisite Curios,” May 20, 2010

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