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Silas Seandel

American, b. 1937

Silas Seandel creates captivating works in metal that range from sculptural tables in sumptuous living rooms to abstract sculptures that adorn the walls of hotel lobbies and museums. His brutalist and modernist pieces have a sensuous appeal. Working primarily with two methods — welded sheet metal and metal casting — his one-of-a-kind copper, bronze, brass and steel pieces evoke flowing movement.

Born in New York City in 1937, Seandel enjoyed working with his hands at a young age, often modeling with clay and creating kinetic mobiles. He was particularly drawn to the work of Alexander Calder. He graduated in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. He then enrolled in business school and studied law. 

While exploring the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, he wandered into its “Sculptors of the 1950s” exhibit, which included works by Richard Stankiewicz, John Chamberlain and Jason Seley. Their metal art subsequently inspired a shift in his career. Seandel taught himself to weld from a how-to book and opened his first studio in 1963. 

To support his income, he worked in the furniture department at B. Altman & Co. He would talk about metal sculpting with the designers who frequented the floor. One who was refurbishing the dining room of a country club commissioned Seandel to create a wall sculpture that resulted in acclaim for the artist. Since that first commission, he has worked almost exclusively with engineers, interior designers and architects.

Seandel witnessed the September 11, 2001, attacks from his New York City studio; what he saw influenced many of his works. In 2012, the designer’s studio was damaged in the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. Water is now a recurring theme in his pieces. 

On 1stDibs, find Silas Seandel’s tables, wall decorations, decorative objects and more.

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Signed Silas Seandel ' Ortago ' Bronze Side Table
By Silas Seandel
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Signed Silas Seandel ' Ortago ' Bronze Side Table
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel

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Bronze

Silas Seandel Stone Bronze Occasional Table
By Silas Seandel
Located in Houston, TX
Signed by the artist, this side table features molten bronze poured onto a hand cast formed stone allowed to settle and solidify in the natural dips of the artist's unique form.. The...
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20th Century American Organic Modern Silas Seandel

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Stone, Cast Stone, Bronze

Silas Seandel Biomorphic Coffee Tables
By Silas Seandel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare 1960's Bronze Biomorphic Coffee Tables by Silas Seandel, patinated with brushed textured top. Two part coffee table. Each part is on hidden casters and can be moved and ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel

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Bronze

Biomorphic Coffee Table by Silas Seandel
By Silas Seandel
Located in New York, NY
Rare 1960's Bronze Biomorphic Coffee Table by Silas Seandel, patinated with brushed textured top. This is a smaller SINGLE table from a t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel

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Bronze

Biomorphic Coffee Table by Silas Seandel
By Silas Seandel
Located in New York, NY
Rare 1960's Bronze Biomorphic Coffee Table by Silas Seandel, patinated with brushed textured top. This is a larger SINGLE table from a t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel

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Bronze

Silas Seandel Signed 1974 Mixed Metal Welded Wall Sculpture.
By Silas Seandel
Located in Chicago, IL
Extremely rare, important and large mixed metal wall hanging by metal artist and furniture designer, Silas Seandel. Torched Copper and Brass Curved Elements. Brutalist Modern Design....
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Silas Seandel

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Brass, Copper, Iron

Cathedral Dining Table by Silas Seandel
By Silas Seandel
Located in Dallas, TX
A large scale sculpted and torch cut brass 'Cathedral' dining table by Silas Seandel. Sold with copy of the original purchase order from 1978. Base measures 54 x 24 x 29
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1970s Vintage Silas Seandel

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Brass

Silas Seandel, “Terra” Dining Table
By Silas Seandel
Located in Norwood, NJ
A circular dining/center table from the "Terra" series by American artist Silas Seandel. The cast stone top has areas of pooled bronze that are inlaid into...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Silas Seandel

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Cast Stone, Brass, Bronze

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Silas Seandel 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 Silas Seandel furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Silas Seandel 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 Paul Mayen, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Johnson Furniture Company. Prices for Silas Seandel furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $864 and can go as high as $42,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,500.

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