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Brutalist Furniture and Design

Brutalist Furniture and Design (UNITED STATES AND EUROPE)
Brutalist Furniture and Design (UNITED STATES AND EUROPE)

The term brutalism — which derives from the French word brut, meaning “raw” — was coined to describe an architectural style that emerged in the 1950s featuring monumental buildings, usually made of unornamented concrete, whose design was meant to project an air of strength and solidity. Le Corbusier essentially created the brutalist style; its best-known iterations in the United States are the Marcel Breuer–designed Whitney Museum of American Art and Paul Rudolph's Yale Art and Architecture Building.

Lately, the word “brutalist” has been adopted by the realms of design and the decorative arts to refer to cabinets, tables, and accessory pieces such as mirror frames and lighting that are made of rougher, deeply textured metals and other materials that are the visual and palpable antithesis of the sleek, smooth and suave. Brutalist design encompasses that which is crafted, hewn and worked by hand — an aesthetic rebuke (or, at least, a counterpoint) to furniture that is created using 21st-century materials and technology.

Paul Evans is Exhibit A for brutalist design. His Sculpture Front cabinets laced with high-relief patinated steel mounts have become collector's items nonpareil, while the chairs and tables in his later Cityscape series and Sculpted Bronze series are perhaps the most expressive, attention-grabbing pieces in modern American design. Other exemplars of brutalist design are Silas Seandel, the idiosyncratic New York furniture designer and sculptor whose works in metal — in particular his tables — have a kind of brawny lyricism, and Curtis Jere, a nom-de-trade for the California team of Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, the bold makers of expressive scorched and sheared copper and brass mirror frames and wall-mounted sculptures.

The names of other brutalist designers are, so far, unknown to history. The furniture and sculptures on 1stDibs lend unique, eccentric, human notes to an art and design collection.

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Bronze Push and Pull Art Door Handle Wave Relief
Located in London, GB
Artistic bronze cast door handle with a textural relief like a wave, suitable for push and pull doors.
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Bronze

Daniel Gluck Sculptural Cocktail Table
By Daniel Gluck
Located in San Diego, CA
Brutalist sculptural bronze coffee or cocktail table with rectangular glass top by Daniel Gluck. Glass top measures 48" long, 32" wide. Table base measures 38" long, 23" wide, 14" ta...
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20th Century American Brutalist Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Bronze

Hand-Welded Raven Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Hand-welded Brutalist raven sculpture, American, 1975 (signed and dated by artist).
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Metal

Brutalist Torch Cut Steel Sculpture by Marcello Fantoni
By Marcello Fantoni
Located in New York, NY
A brutal abstract sculpture comprising torch cut and welded steel pieces balanced on a steel channel base. Stamped "Fantoni", Italian, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

Gabor Kalman Brutalist Steel Sculpture
Located in Chicago, IL
Kalman takes steel and torch-cuts it, then contours it for a Brutalist effect. Signed base Gabor Kalman '68. This item is currently on view in our NYC Greenwich Street Location.
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Cut Steel

Silas Seandel Brutalist coffee table - Manner of Paul Evans
By Silas Seandel
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful Silas Seandel coffee table. Glass not included. This form can take a variety of round glass tops. Structurally sound to handle the weight. Glass is not included for th...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Metal

Metal Brutalist Lamp
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A very nice heavily worked metal lamp. Thick pierced and cut raw metal with applied welds and folds. A Brutalist masterpiece. Useable sculpture.
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Metal

Brutalist Steel Sculpture
Located in Montreal, QC
Brutalist patinated steel sculpture. Signed and dated 1970.
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1970s Canadian Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

Sven Aage Brutalist Hanging Lamp for Holm Sorensen & Company
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Sven Aage. Manufacturer: Holm Sorensen & Company. Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Metal. Condition: This Holm Sorensen brutalist lamp is in great vintag...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

Monumental Pair of Brutalist Torch Cut Steel Laurel Lamps Mid-Century Modern
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
1960s table lamp in Brutalist style. Comprised of welded torch cut steel cubic strips with a black base. The size alone is impressive let alone the skillfully welded construction in ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Iron

Pair of C. Jere Style Brass Brutalist Table Lamps Laurel, Mid-Century Modern
By Curtis Jere
Located in Pemberton, NJ
These wonderful lamps are designed by Bijan of California titled “Setarrah”. Large-scale sculptural table lamps comprised of a brass rod sunburst and torch cut curved brass ribbons...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Brass

Solid Cast Bronze Large Scale Room Divider from Syracuse, NY 1964
Located in New York, NY
From the lobby of the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, NY. Plans done in 1959, construction started July 1962 and was completed in 1964. King & King Architects. Coordinating Archi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Bronze

Pair Huge Richard Barr & Harold Weiss Ribbon Lamp for Laurel, Mid-Century Modern
By Harry Balmer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Huge pair of Richard Barr & Harold Weiss designed ribbon lamps made by Laurel Lamps. Patinated steel dramatically sculpted into abstract modern ribbon. Form and function, that's the ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

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Steel

20th Century Thomas Marsh Bronze Sculpture "Producers"
By Thomas Marsh
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This figural composition was created by sculptor Thomas Marsh (American, b. 1951). Marsh's work includes public installations in addition to pieces held in corporate and private coll...
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1970s Italian Expressionist Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

Materials

Bronze

Polished Brass Cubist Chandelier by Curtis Jere, Signed
By Curtis Jere
Located in New York, NY
A brass plated steel chandelier with folded interlocking sections, forming an intricate geometric cluster. By Curtis Jere. American, circa 1970.
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Furniture and Design

Materials

Brass

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