Austria, 1950
Carl Auböck III

Ebony, maple, nickel-plated brass
10 × 2¼ × 1¼”

As for style, Auböck III’s was distinct from his father’s. He intended his designs to have a relaxed look, an aura of coolness—which was something he had always admired in American design as opposed to the stuffiness he found in European fashions. He often told his son, Carl Auböck IV, that the pieces should look like “Fred Astaire dancing in tails.” While differences did emerge, the strong Auböck DNA permeated the generations, creating a singular vision for the collection at large. —Maharam

(Photo: Wright)