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Brutalist Furniture and Design
America, Europe (ca. 1950s - 1970s)

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 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 “sculpted-front” cabinets laced with high-relief patinated steel mounts have become collectors items nonpareil, while the chairs and tables in his later “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 furniture and sculptures on these pages lend unique, eccentric, human notes to an art and design collection.

Autumn Leaves Mirror Signed by Jere, Copper, Brass and Steel, circa 1960s
By Curtis Jere
Autumn leaves mirror signed by Jere, copper, brass and steel, circa 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s Wall Mirrors

Materials

Brass, Copper, Steel

Brutalist Cathedral Cocktail Table after Silas Seandel
Brutalist cathedral cocktail table after Silas Seandel and reminiscent of some Paul Evans work, will provide 1/4 oval, round, square or rectangular glass to your specs, all inclusive...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Bronze Push and Pull Art Door Handle Wave Relief
Artistic bronze cast door handle with a textural relief like a wave, suitable for push and pull doors.
Category

Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Daniel Gluck Sculptural Cocktail Table
By Daniel Gluck
Brutalist sculptural bronze coffee or cocktail table with rectangular glass top by Daniel Gluck. Glass top measures 48" long, 32" wide. Table base measures 38" long, 23" wide, 14" ta...
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20th Century American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Bronze

Brutalist Steel and Pine Dining Table and Chairs
Stunning Brutalist steel and stained pine dining table and chairs, circa early 1960s. This unusual example has a stained solid pine slab top with a formed and heavily textured steel ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Dining Room Sets

Materials

Steel

Sunburst Wall Art Made of Cut Nail and Brass Welding by Bela , 1970s
By Marc Weinstein, Curtis Jere
Extrmely well made two-tier sculptural wall art by BELA Measure: 23 inches at widest point. Ready to hang. Signed item
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Steel

Hand-Welded Raven Sculpture
Hand-welded Brutalist raven sculpture, American, 1975 (signed and dated by artist).
Category

Vintage 1970s American Sculptures

Mid-Century Modernist Brutalist Marlin Sculpture
Mid-Century Modernist brutalist free-form manner Marlin sculpture in copper patinated steel. The body of the sculpture and base are comprised of triangles that are in an overlaid de...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Paul Evans Sculptural Wall Hung Cabinet, PE-42, Early Lacquered Interior, 1967
By Paul Evans
Signed Paul Evans sculptured metal cabinet, bronze bas relief design. Paul Evans Studio for Directional USA, 1967 welded and enameled steel, wood, slate 72 W x 22 D x 22.5 H in...
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Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Slate, Steel

Giant Brutalist Metal Futuristic Sculpture of Beetle or Spider Hybrid
Beautiful futuristic metal sculpture of what appears to be a hybrid or mixture between a spider and a beetle. The sculpture was made by a southern California architect in the 1970s. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Cut Steel

Whimsical Brutalist Style Warty the Warthog Paperweight Mid-century Modern
By Unknown
Whimsical and fun brutalist style Warty the warthog paperweight. What madman would not want this handsome devil holding down their important papers.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Brutalist Torch Cut Steel Sculpture by Marcello Fantoni
By Marcello Fantoni
A brutal abstract sculpture comprising torch cut and welded steel pieces balanced on a steel channel base. Stamped "Fantoni", Italian, circa 1960.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Sculptures

Unique Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Bronze and Glass Low Table
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
The shaped glass top above a bronze figure intertwined with rope- signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne.
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Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Bronze

Brutalist Centre Table
This striking centre table in the Brutalist style has an Iron sculpture as table base with a glass top, signed, see image 2, somewhat illegible 'Sila....' With a larger glass top it ...
Category

20th Century American Brutalist Center Tables

Materials

Iron

Tom Greene Brutal Style Chandelier
By Monteverdi-Young, Tom Greene
Mid century torch cut brutal style chandelier with 16 sockets and one center down light. Chandelier has great aged brass patina.
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20th Century American Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Rare and Important Phillip and Kelvin Laverne Bronze Table
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Persephone Enslaved- 1969- the model was cast in an edition of only three this important table was used as the 1969 New York Times Magazine ads for the Laverne Studios- Literature: S...
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Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Bronze

Gabor Kalman Brutalist Steel Sculpture
Kalman takes steel and torch-cuts it, then contours it for a Brutalist effect. Signed base Gabor Kalman '68. This item is currently on view in our NYC Greenwich Street Location.
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Sculptures

Materials

Cut Steel

Brutalist Sculpture in the Manner of Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia
Exceptional Patina copper Brutalist sculpture in the manner of Harry Bertoia.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures

Materials

Copper

Large Mixed Metal Wall Sculpture by Silas Seandel
By Silas Seandel
Stunning "Brutalist" wall sculpture made by Silas Seandel in 1973 for a NY residence. The piece is very large in size and with a very imposing presence, the piece was ordered throug...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Bronze, Steel

Silas Seandel Brutalist coffee table - Manner of Paul Evans
By Silas Seandel
A beautiful Silas Seandel coffee table. Glass not included. This form can take a variety of round glass tops. Structurally sound to handle the weight. Glass is not included for th...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Metal Brutalist Lamp
A very nice heavily worked metal lamp. Thick pierced and cut raw metal with applied welds and folds. A Brutalist masterpiece. Useable sculpture.
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Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Fantoni Brutalist Chandelier
By Marcello Fantoni
Handsome solid steel brutalist chandelier with faux black patina, designed by Marcello Fantoni.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Brutalist Metal Mirror
Great brutalist mirror made of welded brass and copper. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer)
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Brutalist Steel Sculpture
Brutalist patinated steel sculpture. Signed and dated 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s Canadian Sculptures

Sven Aage Brutalist Hanging Lamp for Holm Sorensen & Company
By Holm Sørensen
Designer: Sven Aage. Manufacturer: Holm Sorensen & Company. Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Metal. Condition: This Holm Sorensen brutalist lamp is in great vintag...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Pair of Brutalist Metal and Blown Glass Sconces
A pair of studio made brutalist sconces with torch cut metal and amber blown glass. Can be used with wall mount brackets as sconces or without as pendent lights.
Category

Vintage 1960s Mexican Wall Lights and Sconces

Brutalist Potted Plant Sculpture in the Style of Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Stunning potted metal plant made of torch cut welded steel very much in the Paul Evans style. This beautiful sculpture stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and is 42 inches wide. The sculpt...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Monumental Pair of Brutalist Torch Cut Steel Laurel Lamps Mid-Century Modern
By Laurel Lamp Company
1960s table lamp in Brutalist style. Comprised of welded torch cut steel cubic strips with a black base. The size alone is impressive let alone the skillfully welded construction in ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Iron

Important Harry Bertoia Sculptures from Stemmons Towers, Dallas
By Harry Bertoia
This important grouping of Bertoia sculptures were the centerpiece of the Stemmons Towers International sculpture garden in Dallas, Texas.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Pair of Paco Rabanne Bronze Sculpted Lamps
By Paco Rabanne
Pair of sculpted bronze lamps, signed by Paco Rabanne.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Small Brutalist Pendant Light By Tom A. Greene
By Tom Greene
Small brutalist pendant light by Tom A. Greene
Category

20th Century American Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid Century Modern Paul Kingma Coffee Table
By Paul Kingma
Mid century modern coffee table by Paul Kingma. Slate stone Brutalist coffee table designed by Paul Kingma in the 1960s. A "mosaic" of different sizes slate stone, so called Sell Pi...
Category

Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Slate, Metal, Brass

Pair of C. Jere Brass Brutalist Table Lamps Laurel, Mid-Century Modern
By Curtis Jere
Gorgeous pair of large-scale sculptural table lamps comprised of a brass rod sunburst and torch cut curved brass ribbons on black metal base. The lamps measure 32' T to the top of th...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Solid Cast Bronze Large Scale Room Divider from Syracuse, NY 1964
From the lobby of the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, NY. Plans done in 1959, construction started July 1962 and was completed in 1964. King & King Architects. Coordinating Archi...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Brutalist Mid Century Chandelier In The Manner Of Curtis Jere
By Curtis Jere
Vintage Brutalist Torch Cut Brass Chandelier From The Sixties. Eighteen Lights Supply The Illumination, Along With Center Spot Light. Excellent Patina.
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

Bronze Brutalist Doors by Forms and Surfaces
By Billy Joe Mccarroll and David Gillespe, Forms and Surfaces
Absolutely stunning huge double sided bronze resin doors. Designed by Billy Joe McCarroll and David Gillespe for Forms+Surfaces in the early 1960s. Original doorknob and hardware.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Doors and Gates

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Bronze Candlesticks by Costa Coulentianos
By Costas Coulentianos
Bronze candlestick holders by Costa Coulentianos, circa 1960.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Candlesticks

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Lamps by Luciano Frigerio
By Luciano Frigerio
Italian 1970s bronze table lamps with brass shade.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Bronze

1970-1980 Bronze and Pate De Verre Chipmunk Lamp, Signed Lohe
By Lohe
Lamp in the shape of golden bronze Chipmunk and in molten glass signature Lohe, location has l arriere of the systéme d lighting, good condition, circa 1970-1980.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Art Deco Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Mirror in Bronze by Luciano Frigerio
By Luciano Frigerio
A sculptural square wall mirror featuring a frame in cast bronze and original mirror. Luciano Frigerio, Italy, 1966.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Bronze

Cast Bronze American Detailed Abstract Sculpture
By Unknown
A cast bronze abstract sculpture on a rosewood base. Overall size: 10.5" x 10.5" x 4". Bronze only: 10.5" x 9" x  3.5". Base only: 8" x 4" x 1...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Bronze Sculpture Titled 'Reading' by George Koras
By George Koras
A bronze sculpture designed in the surrealist style by New York artist George Koras (b. 1925), produced circa 1960s, depicting a highly abstracted figure of a woman reading, mounted ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Huge Brutalist Harry Balmer Ribbon Lamp for Laurel, Mid-Century Modern
By Harry Balmer
Huge pair of Harry Balmer designed ribbon lamps made by Laurel Lamps. Patinated steel dramatically sculpted into abstract modern ribbon. Form and function, that's the kind of art I l...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Steel

Post-Modern Table Lamp by Coy Howard
By Coy Howard
American post-modern bronze and parchment table lamp by California-school architect Coy Howard, 1984. Height: 19½in., Width: 20in., Depth: 8¾in.
Category

Vintage 1980s American American Craftsman Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Large Pair of Brass Lamps by Henry Fernandez
By Henri Fernandez
Large Pair of Brutalist massif brass table lamps by the French artist Herny Fernandez, France, circa 1970. Lamps are in great condition. Impressive work of quality. Rewired.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Steel

1970's Sculptural Bronze Push and Pull Art Door Handle
Rectangular bronze cast door handle with a textural relief in vertical curves and dark patina, suitable for push and pull doors.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Marc Weinstein Steel and Brass Wall Sculpture with Flower , 1970 , USA
By Ron Schmidt, Curtis Jere, Marc Weinstein
Made of Mid-Century cut nail, assembled and detailed with brass welding. The brass flower are torch cutted. Measure 55 inches wide by 25 inches high. Ready to hang. ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Steel

20th Century Thomas Marsh Bronze Sculpture "Producers"
By Thomas Marsh
This figural composition was created by sculptor Thomas Marsh (American, b. 1951). Marsh's work includes public installations in addition to pieces held in corporate and private coll...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Expressionist Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Polished Brass Cubist Chandelier by Curtis Jere, Signed
By Curtis Jere
A brass plated steel chandelier with folded interlocking sections, forming an intricate geometric cluster. By Curtis Jere. American, circa 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Paul Kingma Rectangular Coffee Table in Stone and Concrete, 1963
By Paul Kingma
Very nice sober and early example of a Paul Kingma coffee table. Paul Kingma was well known for his architectural tables that pay a tribute to the riches of Nature by travelling exte...
Category

Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Stone, Concrete, Slate, Metal

Restored Pair of Vintage Ceramic Brutalist Bow Lamps
By Unknown
An exceptional pair of ceramic bow lamps with gold leaf highlights, circa 1940s. The pieces show no visible Maker's mark and research uncovers no examples that are even remotely simi...
Category

Vintage 1940s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Spectacular Brutalist Lamp by Tom Greene
By Tom Greene
Brutalist hanging lamp constructed of distressed alloy, designed by Tom Greene. A true piece of functional art. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Bronze and Marble Gerber Abstract Sculpture
By Adolf Gerber
One could interrupt the nature of this vintage signed abstract sculpture through the feet. Brutalist in molten form of the bronze. The variegated green /black marble base is signed G...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Sculptures

Materials

Marble, Bronze

A Brutalist Welded Steel Lamp by Harry Balmer
By Laurel Lamp Company
A large scale, brutalist, welded steel sculpture-lamp by Harry Balmer for Laurel.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Steel