by Carl Auböck
A pair of newly cast bookends by Werkstätte Carl Auböck. Originally designed by Carl Auböck II in 1948 the bookends are today made by his grandson and great-grandson -Carl Auböck IV and V, respectively. The Carl's operate from the very same workshop in central Vienna and the bookends are cast from the same positive mould from which they have always been cast. Each bookend has been meticulously hand finished which results in the objects being brilliantly tactile. Incorporating three finishes, the outer and inner perimeters of the bookends have been filed and patinated whilst the flat faces have been polished. The bookends form is reminiscent of shapes found in nature and living organisms. The biomorphism in this design and other Auböck pieces reveals them as Modernist designs of the mid-twentieth century. The same could also be said of the contrast between the black and gold areas. Both items stamped with the Auböck workshop signature.