Flat Iron Bookends
by Carl Auböck
A pair of newly cast Flat Iron bookends by Werkstätte Carl Auböck. Originally designed by Carl Auböck II in 1943 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. The entirety of the Irons' solid brass body has been polished. Contrasting this super sleek surface is the more evidently natural cane that bounds the handles. Not only the materiality of the cane contrasts with the polished brass but the way in which the cane has been used -the intricate way in which the wicker has been hand woven introduces a great texture to the design. Like Auböck's other bookend designs the Flat Irons' 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. Both items stamped with the Auböck workshop signature.