by Marisa Marcantonio

Known for his beautiful decorative objects made in brass, wood and horn, the pieces created by Austrian Weiner Werkstatte designer Carl Aubock are treasured. Recognizable for their clean, simple forms, his weighty designs were often everyday objects, cast in bronze or nickel. He did mid-century modern accessories and larger pieces in a pared down way, with just enough realistic detail. While walking The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, I stopped by the Viennese design booth to check out the whisper thin Lobmeyer glassware when some shiny brass things caught my eye. Aubock's designs are being reproduced, and this was their re-issue debut. A chance to attract a new audience and woo hard-core Aubock collectors for sure. Then while downtown recently,  recently saw a trove of his original vintage pieces at Mondo Cane in Tribeca. Each piece has stand-alone beauty, but seeing them together really made me covet every single piece. The iconic designs just have that captivating effect.

The Aubock accessories at ICFF.

Letter openers, shoe horns, and small dishes at Mondo Cane.

More Aubock chicness

A hefty nickel chain link paperweight and items below can be found at Barneys.

His Key Keychain 

The Lock Keychain

The U Keychain


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Montage
 The catchy sign 

When I was in Fairfield one weekend over the summer, a friend of mine said I really needed to check out Montage Modern Vintage in Westport, Connecticut. I had passed it many times while running errands on the Post Road, and really wanted to stop in. The catchy striped sign out front of 1276 Post Road East and fresh colorful assortment paired with a modern chandelier in the window looked great. I had always wanted to go in, so I took my friend Kim's advice and went over to the pale yellow building with tailored boxwoods out front.  From the minute I walked in, I was taken with the amazing merchandising, a cross-over between vintage finds and great new stuff.  Owners Robin Babbin and Tom Roth, both longtime Westport residents, hunt for unique finds that are special and have a story to tell.  Some pieces have an amazing historic provenance, like turquoise glass starburst mirrors by Paul Lazlo for the Algonquin. Other newer pieces, just mix really well with the mid-century modern, 1960's and 1970's designs by iconic designers. Their inventory of lighting, upholstery, tables, storage, accessories and original artwork by local artists is updated regularly, so check their website or visit for new additions.  There is just something really refreshing in the mix they have culled, and it is nice to know there is someone with a great eye out there finding design classics and bringing them back to life. Connecticut shopping for home furnishings has always been good, and with the addition of Montage, it is even better.

Vignettes like this are displayed around the shop, making "I'll take the whole thing, as is" an easy thing to say.

Bright pops of color, fresh accessories and a brass and chrome mix integrate seamlessly.

Glitzy bar accessories are ready for holiday entertaining and gifts.

A collection of modern artwork provides an energized, dynamic backdrop for pieces with interesting silhouettes.

A nice mix of prices and pieces mean there is something for design fans looking to redo everything in their home, and those looking for a hostess gift.

Mixing styles of varying periods works with pieces that have great lines.