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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.

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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (American,1907-1987) "Viola" Acid-Etched and Patinated Bronze Coffee Table with Glass Top, signed "LaVerne" to frame, on four legs in the form of instrument...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, Large Spring Festival Console Table, Bronze, 1960s
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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Mid-Century Modern, Large Spring Festival Console Table, Bronze, 1960s Rare and important special order example of an engraved and patinated bronze-clad w...
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Philip and Kelvin Laverne End Table Rare Abstract Design
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Philip and Kelvin Laverne Pewter and Bronze Side Table with Rare Abstract Design, American, circa 1960s. It is signed to the top, see last photo. This table is a versatile size and c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Pewter, Bronze, Brass, Metal

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne "Chan" Occasional Table 1960's Signed
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An impressive bronze and pewter Chan coffee table recently acquired from a New York City estate. Created by noted designers Philip and Kelvin Laverne. This item is available for view...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne "Kuan Su" Side Table with Flower Motif 1960s (Signed)
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"Kuan Su" side table in patinated and engraved bronze and pewter with floral motif and vibrant blue enamels by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, American 1960's (sign...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Philip & Kelvin Laverne Chan Side Table
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Philip and Kelvin Laverne Round Chan Side Table Nice original Surface A useful form
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1950s American Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Warren Platner, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Brown Saltman. Prices for Philip and Kelvin LaVerne furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $3,500 and can go as high as $225,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $19,500.

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