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Brutalist Architectural Elements

BRUTALIST STYLE

The design of brutalist furniture 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. Lately, the word “brutalist” has been adopted by the realms of furniture design and the decorative arts to refer to chairs, 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. 

ORIGINS OF BRUTALIST FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF BRUTALIST FURNITURE DESIGN 

  • Use of industrial materials — tubular steel, concrete, glass, granite
  • Prioritizes functionalism, minimalism and utilization of negative space
  • Spare silhouettes, pronounced geometric shapes
  • Stripped-down, natural look; rugged textures, modular construction
  • Interiors featuring airy visual flow and reliance on neutral palettes

BRUTALIST FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE BRUTALIST FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The term brutalism — which derives from the French word brut, meaning “raw” — was coined by architecture critic Reyner Banham 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 Whitney Museum of American Art, which was designed by Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph's Yale Art and Architecture Building. The severe style might have been the most criticized architectural movement of the 20th century, even if it was an honest attempt to celebrate the beauty of raw material. But while the brutalist government buildings in Washington, D.C., seemingly bask in their un-beauty, brutalist interior design and decor is much more lyrical, at times taking on a whimsical, romantic quality that its exterior counterparts lack.

Paul Evans is Exhibit A for brutalist furniture design. His Sculpture Front cabinets laced with high-relief patinated steel mounts have become collector's items nonpareil, while the chairs, coffee table and dining table in his later Cityscape series and Sculpted Bronze series for Directional Furniture are perhaps the most expressive, attention-grabbing pieces in American modern design. Other exemplary brutalist designers 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.

Brutalist furniture and sculptures remain popular with interior designers and can lend unique, eccentric, human notes to an art and design collection in any home.

Find authentic vintage brutalist chairs, coffee tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Brutalist
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

Brutalist Pair of Bronze Rectangular Push Pull Door Handles in Geometric Relief
Located in London, GB
Brutalist pair of bronze relief with strong relief and geometric pattern with repetition of squares is made in the 1960-70's. These heavy pieces, made of cast bronze are in perfect c...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Round Bronze Push Pull Relief Door Handles with Flower Relief
Located in London, GB
Pair of round push and pull door handles cast in bronze with geometric flower relief are very decorative. They give doors an outstanding character and are produced in the 1970's. The...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

1970s Brutalist Solid Bronze Cast Door Handle Germany
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Bronze Brutalist Door Handle Germany stamped by maker Door handle 5.75 h x 5.75 w x 2.25 h Fitting Keyhole Cover 2.25 x 2.25 x .5 d Original preow...
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Late 20th Century German Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Organic 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

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Bronze

Brutalist Pair of Bronze Square Push Pull Door Handles with Geometric Relief
Located in London, GB
Brutalist pair of bronze relief with strong relief and geometric pattern with repetition of squares is made in the 1960-70's. These heavy pieces, made of cast bronze are in perfect c...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Vintage Brutalist Belgian Metal & Ceramik Entry Door Pull Handle
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This pair of original door handles was designed and made by the Belgian artist Juliette Belarti during the 1960s. The geometric frame is made of aluminum and the center is filled wit...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

1960s James Mont Style Iron Bacchus Door Knocker
Located in Richmond, VA
Listed is a magnificent, James Mont style sculptural door knocker in the form of Bacchus, circa 1960s. This substantial piece has a gorgeous patina allover, giving it some character ...
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Metal, Iron

4 Cast Bronze Scroll shaped Door/ Cabinet handles by Paul Evans
Located in London, GB
An iconic set of 4 Bronze Door/ Cabinet handles by the renowned Paul Evans in a scroll shape with textured details and chiselled edges This is a rare opportunity to purchase 2 pairs...
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Large Lateral Brutalist Push & Pull Copper Door Handle, 1960s
Located in Regensburg, DE
Large lateral mid century copper push & pull door handle with strong brutalist relief which creates a stunning detail to any door. There is a key hole for the installation of a lock cylinder. Originally mounted on a front door sometimes in the 1960s as an decorative oversized door handle...
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Mid-20th Century European Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Copper

Pair of Bronze Push Pull Door Handles Rectangular with Brutalist Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two rectangular horizontal Brutalist bronze door handles with abstract relief and irregular textures, European 1970's. Their relief with original patina is expressive and will...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Set of 4 Arts and Crafts Gothic Candle Stands This is a Set of 4
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Set of 4 Arts and Crafts Gothic Candle Stands This is a Set of 4 Superbly Hand Forged Iron 5ft Floor Standing Cathedral Candle Sticks These wonderful pieces were designed by Harri...
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1990s Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Iron

Architectural Double Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Eye Wear
Located in London, GB
Eye wear door handles are European 1970s. The glasses reliefs full of fine detail have the original patina of age. The identical handles can be applied insid...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Architectural Pair of Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Abstract Relief
Located in London, GB
Set of two rectangular bronze door handles with abstract Brutalist relief and irregular textures, European 1970s. Their relief with original patina is...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Architectural Pair of Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with a Abstract 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

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Bronze

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

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Bronze

Architectural Bronze Push Pull Pair Door Handles with Bulls for Double Doors
Located in London, GB
Set of two large square double bronze door handles expressing bulls, European 1970's. Their reliefs have the original patina of age. These identical handles can be applied inside o...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Brutalist Chain Link Sculpture
Located in Malibu, CA
Antique chain sculpture that defies gravity. The term brutalism — which derives from the French word brut, meaning “raw” — was coined to describe a style and trend that emerged in th...
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1960s Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Iron

Round Push Pull Door Knobs in Acrylic and Brass for Architectural Projects
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 ...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Brass

Bronze and Glass Square Push Pull Door Handle
Located in London, GB
Solid cast bronze and glass relief are in perfect condition. The bronze has a strong patina due to the textured surface and its age. The circle of clear glass has insertions of small pieces of metal. The handle can be applied inside or outside on a single door. It can also be used cupboard...
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1960s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Antica Incudine Bicornia
Located in Felino, IT
antica incudine Bigornia o Bicornia. in acciaio temprato, montata su ceppo antico. pulita e trattata con ovatrol. adatta come oggetto decorativo. non presenta ne difetti ne crepe. pe...
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1820s European Antique Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Steel

Pair of Bronze Round Push Pull Door Handles Architectural 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

Architectural Pairs of Bronze Push and Pull Door Handles with Art Relief
Located in London, GB
Two sculptural pairs 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. Th...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Architectural 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 ou...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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

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Bronze

Architectural Pair of Square Bronze Push Pull Door Handles with Nature 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

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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

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

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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 ce...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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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

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Bronze

Brutalist Square Abstract Bronze Push Pull Door Handle Pair
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

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Bronze

Large Architectural Bronze Door Handle and Wall Relief Sculpture
Located in London, GB
Large midcentury sculptural bronze door or 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 ov...
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1960s European Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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 N...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze, Copper, 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

Set of Two Large Brutalist Bronze Doors Handle with Tree Bark Pattern, European
Located in London, GB
A set of two large and impressive Brutalist bronze door handles with tree bark design. European, second half 20th century. The two handles are of the same design - turned in the mai...
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20th Century European Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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, se...
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20th Century European 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, wi...
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20th Century European Brutalist Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Brutalist architectural elements for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Brutalist architectural elements for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage architectural elements created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include building and garden elements, decorative objects, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, bronze and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Brutalist architectural elements made in a specific country, there are Europe, Germany, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original architectural elements, popular names associated with this style include and Robert Sonneman. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for architectural elements differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $615 and tops out at $6,500 while the average work can sell for $2,262.

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