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Carl Aubock: The Workshop Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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About the Author

Clemens Kois is an artist, designer, photographer, and impassioned collector of 20th century design, particularly Austrian. He's spent a great deal of time drawing inspiration from, and scavenging flea markets in, the many cities he's lived in, including Salzburg, Rome, Vienna, and New York City.

Brian Janusiak is a designer and a principal at Various Projects, Inc., the New York based multi-disciplinary design studio. He is also the co-founder and co-curator of the retail project, Project No. 8.

Carl Auböck IV is an architect, designer, and the current head of the Werkstätte Carl Auböck in Vienna. As the heir, and namesake, to a fascinating family legacy, he also oversees the Carl Auböck Archive, putting together exhibitions and having published two books thus far cataloguing the designs of his prolific forefathers.

Sophia Lambrakis is a professional writer, editor, and translator in the fields of film, fashion, food, and design, dividing her time between Europe and the USA.

Patrick Parrish is the owner of the Manhattan design gallery Mondo Cane and the creator of the popular blog MONDOBLOGO. He has contributed to Apartmento, Bad Day, and 01 magazines with both his photography and interviews of Martino Gamper, ro/lu, and Project No. 8. He is a collector, a sometimes painter, and always has a camera in his pocket.

Michael Boyd
is a designer, writer, and collector of vintage modern design. He is the principal of BoydDesign, a firm with an emphasis on furniture, interior, and garden design; it is also a consultancy for the restoration and preservation of modernist architecture, and for collecting modern design.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576876152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A slight deviation from usual kind of picture book. Nearly all the photographs are black-and-white, only the pictorial index at the end is in color. The majority of pages in the volume (all but the color index) are on a medium weight, medium tooth matt-finish paper; not the common thin sheets depending on a plastic coating for strength, or the saturated and corrected color one normally finds in design books. Even the dust jacket is uncoated, suggesting that it will show fingerprints in time, c'est la vie. (I was mildly amused to discover that the dust jacket on my copy had been attached upside down, curious to know if it was only my copy, or if this is repeated.) The binding is well sewed, and has not yet shown inclination to crack or otherwise come apart. The book is tactilely interesting, and feels good to hold and read.

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The Aubock workshop has been in business for just over 100 years, and this volume is a partial catalog of their work. The founder began working from a late Art-Nouveau style with greater inflection by the Art Deco style as time went on, but the succeeding generations of the family, beginning with his son, were strongly influenced by the Bauhaus school; indeed two generations either attended the interwar Bauhaus campus, or worked to varying degrees with Bauhaus alumni in the United States. Walter Gropius is mentioned more than once, and this approach shows in the body of work. The designs are clean, unpretentious, and use fairly common materials. Workmanship and design are of greater priority, and the monochrome photography emphasises this to good effect.

I am not normally appreciative of Modern and/or Bauhaus design, being an enthusiast of the Streamline Moderne style.
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By m pearson on February 2, 2014
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This is a stunning book, the paper is of very high quality. Very happy to see Carl Aubock finally get his moment in the modern spotlight.
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