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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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Large "Tower of Babel" wall sculpture, Collectors Edition, in patinated bronze and pewter with hand-painted colorful enamels with by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, 1960's (signed “Philip.K...
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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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