Rectangular Wicker Planter
by Carl Auböck
A long rectangular planter designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950.
The planter’s frame is made from slender steel bar which has been black lacquered. The sides of the trough are constructed entirely from tightly woven wicker. Inside of the woven wicker walls sits a handled zinc liner (without holes/drainage).
Werkstätte Carl Auböck began a greater exploration of wicker as a material for household objects during the post-Second World War era. This was partially due to the Austrian governments subsidization of the manufacture of wickerwork that was undertaken by people left physically challenged as a result of WWII.
The simplicity of the materials used and their proportions result in a charmingly sweet design that is also very practical.
The planter is in very good original vintage condition. The piece remains very strong and the wicker has an interestingly varied patina. Although rare and highly collectable this object can and should be used still.
Width: 80.5 cm
Depth: 30.5 cm
Height: 50.5 cm
Materials: Steel, wicker, zinc
Date of Design: 1950s
Date Of Manufacture: 1950s
Place of Origin: Austria
Workshop: Werkstätte Carl Auböck