Carl Auböck was born in 1900 and is one of the most extraordinary personalities of Austrian modernism. After working as an apprentice bronze worker for his family business in the early 1900′s he went on to be a student of Johannes Itten, a Swiss expressionist painter and designer, at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Once graduated he took over his father’s workshop and in the early 40′s he developed a very particular style which many consider modernist.
Founded as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing back in the 19th century, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still placed in the 7th district of Vienna in Bernardgasse 23. In the years of foundation the workshop mainly produced the so called 'Wiener Bronzen'. In 1926 the workshop is passed from father to son, who gave it new ideas - the beginning of the typical Auböck design. Even famous architect and designer Walter Gropius had a paperweight set on his own desk.