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Friedrich Fialka

Friedrich Fialka Etui and case maker
Contact
German, English
Hours:
Monday to Sunday 08:00 - 12:30
Phone:
+43 1 523 14 31
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A business years in the making

  • • Friedrich has received many awards for his work
  • • His cases are designed to contain the most precious items
  • • He was trained by two masters

In the mid-90s, Friedrich Fialka was one of the very last apprentices trained in the craft of making etuis and cases, a trade he had known ever since his childhood. The Fialka family business was founded in 1923 as one of the most exclusive manufacturers of cases and etuis for jewellery, silverware, badges of honour, medals or simply precious gifts. Now, almost 100 years and 950,000 pieces later, the family business is led by Friedrich, who took it over in 2003. He is proud to be one of the most prominent artisans of his kind, despite working in a totally hidden workshop in a Vienna backstreet.

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Works

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Photo: © Kornelia Cieslak
Box for business cards, closed

This box was made for an English customer who wanted a unique business-card holder. Friedrich created the box from solid walnut wood, oiled with organic nut oil and hand-finished by sanding and polishing. The interior of the box is lined with green velvet.

Height 84 mm
Length 90 mm
Width 30 mm

Photo: © Kornelia Cieslak
Box for business cards, open

This box was made for an English customer who wanted a unique business-card holder. Friedrich created the box from solid walnut wood, oiled with organic nut oil and hand-finished by sanding and polishing. The interior of the box is lined with green velvet.

Height 70 mm
Length 80 mm
Width 22 mm

Photo: © Kornelia Cieslak
Boxes for coins

Coins commemorating a unique life event are a popular gift. Whether they’re for a birth, baptism, confirmation, wedding or anniversary, Friedrich will design a thoughtful and personalised holder. These two coin boxes were made using faux lizard leather, with white satin cushioning on the underside of the lid and a velvet-lined tray with recesses for the coins.

Height 90 mm
Length 60 mm
Width 20 mm

Photo: © Kornelia Cieslak
Jewellery box

This unique embossed-leather jewellery box was commissioned as a wedding anniversary gift. Designed to hold precious mementoes collected over many years, it features green silk cushioning on the underside of the lid, brown velvet-lined trays and gold-coloured clasps and hinges.

Height 400 mm
Length 300 mm
Width 120 mm

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