Midcentury Modern design is very popular today and there are bookends that clearly fit into this art style. The style was first called 1950s style but soon outgrew material from that decade and became known as Midcentury Modern and now encompasses material from the end of Word War II to the nineteen sixties and into the seventies. The style can be seen as a reaction against Art Deco, a style that lost its vitality after about 1940. Art Deco furnishings had been geometric and sleek, so the new forms became curvaceous and organic. Art Deco used new materials like polished or chromed steel or the new plastics of the times like bakelite and celluloid. Midcentury furnishings used materials that had been generated by Word War II, such as, resin, laminates, plexiglass and fiberglass, and teak was popular. Like Art Deco though, the Midcentury objects remained without superfluous decoration.
Several Aubock bookends are sold today through the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum .