Aubock Bookends, 3653


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Designer Carl Aubock
Country Austria
Material Brass
During his time as a student of Bauhaus movement, Carl Auböck changed his name from Karl to Carl because he preferred the graceful curve of the “C”.

Standing 5.5 inches tall these bookends reflect the incredible influence that the Bauhaus style had on Auböck . Made from polished brass they are a perfect example of the modern sculptural designs that made Auböck a leading figure of Austrian Modernism.

After two years of study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and another two years at the Bauhaus School, under Johannes Itten , CARL AUBÖCK took over his father’s workshop in Vienna in 1926. He continued to make Wiener Bronzen and Bronze Art Deco objects for his customers, but infused these new pieces with the sleek elegance of the Bauhaus movement. This combination of old world craftsmanship with modern style made Auböck one of the leading figures of Austrian Modernism. Beloved of contemporaries such as Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, and Charles Eames, Auböck’s popularity continued to grow after the Second World War, and in 1954, Auböck won four gold medals at the Triennale di Milano. Today the Werkstätte Carl Auböck is one of the last of its kind, and the business remains in the family, run by Auböck’s grandson, Carl Auböck IV. Auböck’s groundbreaking pieces have retained an avid cult-following and are collected globally by tastemakers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael Maharam.