Carl Auböck Giant Brass Paperclip



Giant Paperclip in Solid Brass, hand-made by the Carl Auböck Atelier in Vienna, November 2020.

Specialists in “simplicity and high quality – no fashionable tricks,” Carl Auböck Atelier in Vienna has been crafting modern objects in brass, ever since Carl Auböck II took over his father's atelier in the early 20th century, having been influenced by his time as a painter at the Bauhaus School. 

The Small Paperclip (7cm x 2cm) was originally designed to be a money clip, but can also be used as a pendant for a necklace, and as an ornament.

The Giant Paperclip (22.5cm x 6cm) is so large it is almost sculptural and is perfectly suited as an ornament for your workspace or living space. Though you will probably find you just want to play with it all day and hold it in your hands.



Carl Auböck was founded in the 19th century as a traditional metal workshop in Vienna, where it still operates from today. The second Carol Auböck left home to study at the Bauhaus and was inspired by modern abstract art in his painting practise. When his elderly father became ill, he returned to run the family atelier, bringing with him his modernist influences. He went on to create hundreds of objects in brass and bronze, including his famous 'egg' paperweight that lived on the desk of Walther Gropius when he taught at the Bauhaus School. Now run by the fourth generation of the Auböck family, the atelier continues to produce modern household objects such as paperweights, bookmarks and candleholders, all exquisitely crafted in sleek bronze and polished brass.

In November 2020, we were honoured to work with Carl Auböck Atelier to have these paperclips made especially for Mark+Fold. This particular form had been out of production for some time, so we feel very privileged to have them in our collection of desk objects.



When we sent out our first online order in November 2015, we produced a hand-written receipt and secured it with a solid brass paperclip. This has become a trademark detail of all our orders, hand-wrapped and packaged at our London studio. The paperclip has become a motif for us, and the packets of 'Archivists' Paperclips' that we stock are a symbol of what to expect from Mark+Fold: an everyday, functional item of stationery, elevated through the choice of materials and attention to details.

So on our 5th Birthday in November 2020, it was a true delight to commission these larger-than-life paperclips in solid brass hand-crafted by one of the world's most renowned and respected metal workers. 

Over the years, we have seen many cheap imitations all over the world, but this is the most beautiful version of the 'giant paperclip' you will ever have the pleasure to hold in your hands.