Large Walnut Tree Trunk Table
Carl Auböck II, 1950s
A large tree trunk table designed and made by the Auböck Werkstätte, circa 1950.
This table is made from found wood. Carl Auböck II, responsible for the design of this series, graduated from the Bauhaus under Johannes Itten (a Swiss expressionist painter, designer and theorist) and was an abstract painter before taking over the family workshop in the 40s. This pieces can be seen as a translation of Auböck II's ideas about art into a three-dimensional object, which resultantly straddles the boundary between art and design. He conceived the design to be created by felled wood on the streets of Vienna during the war. Utilising the found material with a tragic back-story into a timeless functional artwork.
The colour and movement in the grain of the 'haunch' of walnut is mesmerising. Each of the three brass legs have an even and consistent patina and are capped with black rubber feet. All legs stamped with serial number, and Made in Austria.
Length: 95.5 cm
Width: 62 cm
Materials: Walnut, brass, rubber
Date of Design: 1950s
Date Of Manufacture: 1950s
Place of Origin: Austria
Workshop: Werkstätte Carl Auböck