Carl Auböck III
6¾ × 4½ × 1¾”
Auböck III had spent some years studying at MIT and traveling abroad, meeting a rank of influential designers such as Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer, and Charles and Ray Eames. Through his agency, the Werkstätte Carl Auböck achieved international status. They collaborated with Hermès and Pierre Cardin, and their designs became available at major department stores such as Tiffany & Co., Saks, and Neiman Marcus. Auböck III was an industrial designer and practicing architect throughout his career. He was prepared for the company’s expansion and was eager to produce on a large scale, bringing furniture and applied arts into the repertoire of the workshop.
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