Carl Aubock: The Workshop

Carl Aubock

The Workshop

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ISBN10: 1576876152 ISBN13: 9781576876152 Contributors: Kois, Clemens (Photographer); Janusiak, Brian; Lambrakis, Sophia Publisher: Power House Cultural Entertainment Published: Nov 13 2012 Pages: 237 Weight: 3.45lbs. Height: 12.25" Width: 9.25" Depth: 1.25" Language: English

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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 Aub ck: The Workshop.

The Werkst tte (Workshop) Carl Aub ck was founded in the 19th century-one of many workshops in Vienna specializing in bronze-casting. However, Carl Aub ck 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 Aub ck Workshop and many of their whimsical, modernist designs stand out as prescient objets d'art.

Carrying on generations of the Workshop tradition, son Carl Aub ck III (1924-1993) and grandson Carl Aub ck 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, Aub ck 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 Aub ck: 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collections, and brings us into the Workshop itself with contemporary photographs, interviews with Carl Aub ck IV, and historical documents and photographs depicting the Workshop's historic legacy.

...The strange and luminous world of the Viennese designer Carl Aub ck (1900-57). A master of elemental materials like brass, leather, wood and horn, Aub ck 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 Aub ck 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 Aub ck's Exquisite Curios, May 20, 2010
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