Lee West, ‘Nº 45 "The Plant Box + Watering Can"’, 2015, Chamber

While browsing through vintage design shops in Vienna, designer Lee West was inspired to visit the Carl Auböck workshop at Bernardgasse 23 where he was greeted by Carl Auböck IV himself. During his visit, the pair formed a collaboration, and together they created an interior planter and watering can set.

The objects are created from brass with a mirror finish that will develop an aesthetic metal oxide patina over time as objects age, and they resemble geometric elements so as to remain visually inconspicuous, therefore allowing the objects to blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Each piece is made-to-order and hand crafted in Vienna at the Werkstätte Carl Auböck.

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Vienna, Austria

About Lee West

About Carl Auböck

Among the most celebrated figures of Austrian modernism and the second in a lineage of Austrian designers now in its fourth generation, Carl Auböck was born the same year his father established the renowned metal workshop he would eventually direct and re-invigorate. As a teenager, he apprenticed in his father’s workshop, learning to manufacture the bronze animal figurines popular in Austria in the early 20th century. He went on to study painting and spent time at the Bauhaus before returning home and taking over the family workshop in 1926. Moving from bronze to brass and figurines to functional art objects—including paperweights, candleholders, and book and magazine racks—he approached all of his work with a sense of economy and purpose. There are no superfluous elements in Auböck’s exquisitely crafted objects, which are simultaneously restrained and imbued with humor.

Austrian, 1900-1957, based in Vienna, Austria