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Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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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Creator: Silas Seandel
Large Silas Seandel "Sunspots" Wall Sculpture, Signed
By Silas Seandel
Located in Dallas, TX
Silas Seandel was born in New York City, August 11, 1937. He studied sculpture and economics at the University of Pennsylvania and was graduated in 1959. He opened his studio in 1963. While Mr. Seandel was working on a collection for a one man show, he was commissioned by an architect to create a wall sculpture for a building under construction. Mr. Seandel has been working almost exclusively for architects, interior designers and engineers ever since. His pieces are all handmade in the Silas Seandel studio and executed in solid metals such as brass, bronze, steel, copper, etc. These are no enamels, no veneers, nothing unnatural. All colors are the results of acids and heat treatments which Mr. Seandel has developed. As far as craftsmanship is concerned, Sherman Emery, past Editor of Interior Design Magazine said it best. "I have been a long-time admirer of the work of Silas Seandel and consider him to be one of the finest artist-craftsman on the American scene today. The scope of his work is wide, ranging from small pieces of sculpture for the home to huge outdoor pieces...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Brass, Bronze, Copper, Steel

Silas Seandel Brutalist Bird Sculpture, Signed
By Silas Seandel
Located in Dallas, TX
Unique bird sculpture by Silas Seandel. Signed. Silas Seandel (born August 11, 1937, New York City) is a furniture sculptor based in New York City. Seandel studied sculpture a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Metal

Silas Seandel Large Brutalist Floor Sculpture
By Silas Seandel
Located in New York, NY
Stunning 1970's Mid-Century Modern large floor steel Brutalist sculpture designed by Silas Seandel, in vintage original condition with some wear and patina due to age and use.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Brass, Cut Steel

Large Signed Silas Seandel Wall Sculpture
By Silas Seandel
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Large Signed Silas Seandel wall sculpture.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Metal

Silas Seandel Sea Grass Sculpture
By Silas Seandel
Located in New York, NY
Stunning 1970's brutalist sea grass metal sculpture designed by Silas Seandel "Signed and dated" in vintage original condition with some wear and patina due ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Brass, Steel

Silas Seandel Sun Spots Sculpture
By Silas Seandel
Located in Chicago, IL
Silas Seandel Sun Spots Sculpture, composed of Torch cut bronze, steel, copper and brass elements.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Brass, Bronze, Copper, Steel

5' 8" Silas Seandel Ribbon Wall Sculptures, Signed, 1980
By Silas Seandel
Located in Austin, TX
A monumental pair of Silas Seandel "Ribbons" of brass and chrome, one signed and dated. Sold together, the sinuous sculptures mount to the wall. His ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Brass, Chrome

Geese at Sunset Wall Sculpture
By Silas Seandel
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A three-dimensional sculpture of a flock of geese flying in front of the Moon, Mercury, and Mars.
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1970s American American Craftsman Vintage Silas Seandel Decorative Objects

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Steel, Brass

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Silas Seandel decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Silas Seandel decorative objects 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 decorative objects, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Silas Seandel were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Larry Mohr, Herman Miller, and Knoll. Prices for Silas Seandel decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,400 and can go as high as $24,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,900.

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