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Brutalist Architectural Elements

BRUTALIST STYLE

The term brutalism — which derives from the French word brut, meaning “raw” — was coined to describe an architectural style that emerged in the 1950s featuring monumental buildings, usually made of unornamented concrete, whose design was meant to project an air of strength and solidity. Le Corbusier essentially created the brutalist style; its best-known iterations in the United States are the Marcel Breuer–designed Whitney Museum of American Art and Paul Rudolph's Yale Art and Architecture Building.

Lately, the word “brutalist” has been adopted by the realms of furniture design and the decorative arts to refer to cabinets, tables, and accessory pieces such as mirror frames and lighting that are made of rougher, deeply textured metals and other materials that are the visual and palpable antithesis of the sleek, smooth and suave. Brutalist design encompasses that which is crafted, hewn and worked by hand — an aesthetic rebuke (or, at least, a counterpoint) to furniture that is created using 21st-century materials and technology.

Paul Evans is Exhibit A for brutalist design. His Sculpture Front cabinets laced with high-relief patinated steel mounts have become collector's items nonpareil, while the chairs and tables in his later Cityscape series and Sculpted Bronze series are perhaps the most expressive, attention-grabbing pieces in modern American design. Other exemplars of brutalist design are Silas Seandel, the idiosyncratic New York furniture designer and sculptor whose works in metal — in particular his tables — have a kind of brawny lyricism, and Curtis Jere, a nom-de-trade for the California team of Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, the bold makers of expressive scorched and sheared copper and brass mirror frames and wall-mounted sculptures.

The names of other brutalist designers are, so far, unknown to history. The authentic brutalist furniture and sculptures on 1stDibs lend unique, eccentric, human notes to an art and design collection.

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Style: Brutalist
Brutalist Bronze Door Furniture Set with Tree Bark Pattern
Located in London, GB
A large and impressive Brutalist bronze door handle with tree bark design, together with matching keyhole plate and letterbox cover. European, second half 20th century. The pieces...
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20th Century European Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Brutalist Wall-Mounted Bronze Sculpture for Indoor or Outside
Located in London, GB
Large mid century Brutalist bronze wall-mounted abstract sculpture for in-or outdoors. It was originally mounted on the front door of a villa in Germany in the 1960s as an oversized ...
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1960s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Large Brutalist Bronze Door Handle with Tree Bark Pattern
Located in London, GB
A large and impressive Brutalist bronze door handle with tree bark design. European, second half 20th century. The handle is heavily textured, with lots of movement and depth in t...
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20th Century European Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Double Pair of Round Push Pull Door Knobs in Acrylic and Brass
Located in London, GB
Double pair of clear perspex and brass round door knobs, European 1970's. These identical door handles can be applied inside or outside on a pair of double doors next to each other...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Brass

Handmade Sculptural Iron, Copper, Bronze 4 Piece Railings, by Larry Griffis Sr.
Located in Buffalo, NY
Handmade sculptural iron, copper, bronze 4 piece railings, by Larry Griffis Jr. Stunning artistic railings originally commissioned for downtown Buffalo New York restaurant. My guess ...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze, Copper, Iron

Pair of Bronze Round Push and Pull Door Handles with Geometric Relief
Located in London, GB
A set round push and pull door handles with strong vertical geometric relief are like door sculptures with original patinas, produced in the 1970's. The identical handles to be appli...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Brutalist Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two rectangular Brutalist bronze door handles with relief and irregular textures European 1970's. Their relief with original patina shows the curved surface and will give real...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Large Brutalist Bronze Door Handle, Mid-20th Century European
Located in London, GB
A large bronze door handle in abstract brutalist design. Mid-20th century, European. This is a heavy piece, made of patinated cast bronze, with varying tones - dark brown, green, ...
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20th Century European Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Sculptural Rustic Architectural Element in Metal
Located in San Francisco, CA
Weathered architectural element in metal, possible lighting rod embellishment. Welded sheets of metal creating a sphere on top of an conical base. Much patina from the many years of ...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Metal

Pair of Brutalist Bright Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
A set of two artistic Brutalist bronze door handles with abstract textured design. They have a bright patina protected with a coating against wear. European 1970s with the original A...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Wave Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two rectangular bronze door handles with vertical wave relief, European 1970's. Their relief with original patina will give real personality to a house. These identical handle...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pairs of Brutalist Bright Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
A set of two artistic Brutalist bronze door handles with abstract textured design. They have a bright patina protected with a coating against wear. European 1970's with the original ...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pairs of Bronze Push and Pull Door Handle with Brutalist Relief
Located in London, GB
Sculptural pair of Brutalist square push and pull bronze door handles with intense abstract relief and original patina are for double doors or on a single door on both sides. These d...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Square Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Tree Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two square Brutalist bronze door handles with forest vegetation textures European 1970's. Their relief with original dark patina will give real personality to a house. These i...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Bronze Push Pull Horizontal Door Handles with a Ripple Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two rectangular bronze door handles with subtle relief, placed horizontal is European 1970's. Their relief with original patina will give real personality to a house. These i...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Bronze Push and Pull Door Handle Pair with Brutalist Relief
Located in London, GB
Sculptural pair of Brutalist push and pull bronze door handles with intense abstract relief and with a dark patina for double doors or on a single door on both sides. These door hand...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Bronze Square Push Pull Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Set of two square Brutalist bronze door handles with relief a subtle relief and texture with original patina, European 1970's. These identical handles can be applied inside or outsi...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Round Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Spiral Relief and Keyhole Cover
Located in London, GB
A set round push and pull door handles with spiral relief & pair of matching keyhole covers 5 cm diameter. They produced in the 1970's. The identical handles can be applied on double...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Square Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
The art relief on the cast bronze door handles are like the surface crust of the moon. It is as if asteroids and meteorites collide with the celestial body, leaving its imprint on th...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Bronze Square Push and Pull Door Handle and Letterbox
Located in London, GB
Square push and pull door handle and matching letter box with rhythmic relief resembling the waves of sound; Their original patina brings out the relief even stronger. They are produ...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Brutalist Bronze Rectangle Push and Pull Door Handles Double Doors
Located in London, GB
A set of three double push and pull square door handles with abstract relief. They are unused bronze door handles with an abstract textured motif, produced in the 1970's, the bright ...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Brutalist Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
Set of two artistic Brutalist bronze door handles with abstract textured design European 1970's. Their relief with original dark patina will give real personality to a house. These i...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Brutalist Bronze Square Push and Pull Door Handles Pairs for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
A set of two double push and pull square door handles with abstract relief. They are unused bronze door handles with an abstract textured motif, produced in the 1970's, the bright pa...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Brutalist Dark Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
Set of two artistic Brutalist bronze door handles with abstract textured design European 1970's. Their relief with original dark patina will give real personality to a house. These i...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Robert Sonneman "Cityscape" Brutalist Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Modernist sheet steel and brass fixture, by Robert Sonneman. Large and impressive.
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

Set of Two Bronze Handles with Abstract Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two bronze door handles of square form with raised abstract design. Push or pull fittings. European, 20th century. The handles are made of cast bronze, and could suit both in...
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20th Century Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Brutalist Bright Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
A set of two artistic Brutalist bronze door handles with abstract textured design. They have a bright patina protected with a coating against wear. European 1970s with the original A...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Bronze Square Door Handles Pair for Double Doors with Nature Relief Design
Located in London, GB
A set of two artistic Brutalist bronze door handles with textured design based on nature, which gives real personality touch to double doors. The handles are heavily textured and sli...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Crude Iron Door Stop Paul Evans Brutalist Style Distressed 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Iron Door Stop Impressive Statement made with this midcentury brutalist distressed door stop. USA 1970s in the style of Paul Evans. Measures: 4 in D x 4in W x 6in H. Wear consistent ...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Iron

Modernist Sculptural Copper Wall Plate Signed Bolba H
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Brutalist/modernist sculptural copper wall plate signed Bolba H.
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Copper

Brutalist Bronze Door Handle with Semi Precious Stones for Push and Pull Doors
Located in London, GB
Brutalist bronze door handle with three semi-precious stones (tigers eye, amethyst, rose quartz) that stand out against abstract relief with original patina. This rich in detail door...
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1970s German Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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