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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

American

Look closely at any vintage furniture designed by father-son duo Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and a cacophony of stylistic influences reveals itself.

The LaVernes’ position at the intersection of art and design was the result of their combined backgrounds: Philip (1907–87) studied painting with Ashcan School artist John Sloan at the Art Students League of New York, while his son, Kelvin (b. 1937), attended the Parsons School of Design, taking classes in art history, furniture design and metalwork. The resulting merge of stylistic elements and innovative processes make for singular designs that defy categorization, striking a balance between modern and traditional, intricate and minimal, art piece and functional item. Their work was also strikingly different from the modern furniture created by Philip’s brother Erwine and his wife, Estelle, of Laverne Originals.

The LaVernes began producing one-of-a-kind furniture and sculpture in the mid-1950s out of a studio on Wooster Street in New York City before opening a showroom on Manhattan’s East 57th Street. As their 1960s advertisements declared: “It’s not just functional and not just art, it’s an investment.”

The LaVernes married a stunning array of techniques and styles to achieve their singular, deeply layered look for one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces. Chinoiserie motifs abound on many of their acid-etched tables, but art from ancient Greece and Egypt also served as inspiration. The influence of figurative sculptors is evident in designs like coffee tables and side tables with bronze bodies serving as frames or bases; other pieces, meanwhile, have deeply detailed surfaces and strikingly simple silhouettes.

The duo developed their own unconventional methods — sometimes to an extreme — for finishing their pieces: Techniques employed by the LaVernes included acid washing and burying furniture underground in a mixture of soil and chemicals to achieve a desired patina through oxidation. While they sometimes used pewter and silver, bronze was one of their most commonly employed materials, either etched or cast and sometimes paired with glass tops. Their partnership ended when Philip died in 1987 and Kelvin shifted his practice to sculpture.

Find an extraordinary range of vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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'Generation' Bronze Sculpture Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, c. 1964 Signed
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This important and documented bronze sculpture table named "Generation" by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne was sculpted circa 1964 and was featured on the cover of “Philip & Kelvin LaVerne...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze, Enamel

Bronze 'Classical' Cocktail Table by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, 1960s, Signed
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The 'Classical' cocktail table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne in etched bronze, circa 1960s New York. This fine LaVerne example is the 'Classical' motif described by Philip and Kelvin ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze

Philip and Kelvin Laverne Dining Table "Etruscan Round" Bronze & Pewter, 1960s
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Dallas, TX
Etruscan dining or game table designed by Philip and Kelvin Laverne. Bronze forms embedded in pewter create a pattern reminiscent of ancient Etruscan artistry. The bronze pedestal is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze, Pewter

'Kang Tao' Bronze Dining Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, c. 1965, Signed
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
For collectors of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, the pièce de résistance is this highly coveted double-signed 'Kang Tao' dining table. Given so few LaVerne's were made as dining tables, ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze, Pewter

Bronze Wall Relief Fine Art by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, 1960s Signed
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This work of fine art by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (New York, 1960s) is a beautiful bronze and pewter wall relief which displays two young sisters leaning out of a latticed window fr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze

Acid-Etched and Patinated Bronze Coffee by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Montreal, QC
Acid-etched and patinated bronze coffee table depicting floral motifs by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne. Signed "Philip & Kelvin Laverne".
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1970s American Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze

Signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Large Size Chinoiserie Table in Etched Bronze
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
A gorgeous and quite large signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne chinoiserie style table in patinated etched bronze. This is yet another Philip and Kelvin LaVerne masterpiece in the chino...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze, Pewter

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Side Table
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Chicago, IL
Philip & Kelvin LaVerne side tables with abstract pattern, signed.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Brass

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  • Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Side Table
  • Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Side Table
  • Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Side Table
H 15.125 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Philip and Kelvin LaVerne furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Philip and Kelvin LaVerne collection to choose from, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 154 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kipp Stewart, Warren Platner and George Nakashima. Price ranges for Philip and Kelvin LaVerne furniture vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,240 and tops out at US$180,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$18,000.

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