Brutalist taste banks on interest of rawness
September 20, 2015 - table lamp
Muscular. Brawny. Disruptive. They don’t seem like descriptors for home decor, do they?
Yet they ideally report one of a many engaging new directions in seat and
accessories: Brutalist decor.
Brutalist pattern was popularized by Le Corbusier in a 1950s. A depart from the
intricate Beaux Arts building style, it was all about gangling geometric forms and materials such as
unfinished concrete, steel and glass.
The character changed into interior taste that also played with epitome forms and severe textures,
adding an worldly tone palette and incorporating materials such as wood, smear and marble.
Furniture by designers such as Paul Evans and Curtis Jere found fans, and a character held fire
during a ’60s and ’70s.
Nice examples of Brutalist taste are found in a movie
American Hustle and on TV’s
So since is Brutalism once again carrying a moment?
“Brutalism is subsequent from a French word
brut, or raw, and we consider it’s that clarity of soreness that pattern lovers are captivated to
today,” pronounced Anna Brockaway, co-founder and curator of a online vintage-design marketplace
Chairish. “Because of their muscular heaviness, unlawful finishes and rough, disproportionate dimensions,
Brutalist pieces broach gutsy gravitas to a space.”
Jeni Sandberg, a modern-design play and consultant in Raleigh, N.C., added, “Brutalist works
make ideal high-impact matter pieces, and collectors are gnawing adult pieces like wall
sculptures and chandeliers.”
And New York engineer Daun Curry said: “Design should plea us, and formulating contrariety in an
environment gives urgency, seductiveness and dimension. Brutalist pattern is fascinating since it
balances sweetmeat with oppressive materiality.”
Curry’s favorite sources embody 1st Dibs and Flair Home Collection. The former offers vintage
pieces such as a 1967 Paul Evans patchwork steel cupboard and a Lane dresser with a Brutalist
sculptured timber mosaic. Flair has a collection of Brutalist objets d’art in several metals and
gilded plaster. (www.flairhomecollection.com)
Kelly Wearstler’s Apollo sofa is an suave smoke-stack of black or white marble circles. The Elliott
chair is a voluptuous brew of curvy bronze and outlandish fish leather. And a Array, District and Astral
rugs move Brutalist imagery to a floor. (www.kellywearstler.com)
James Bearden’s blackened steel Skyscraper building flare for Studio Van basement Akker combines
architecture and function. (www.studiovandenakker.com)
At Arteriors, turn slabs of fake iron form a industrial-chic Potter lamp. The Payne
chandelier is a kinetic arrangement of hand-cut gold-leafed iron shards, while a weald of welded
iron sticks forms a Ecko lamp. Armor-like lead circles and squares form a Ulysses and Monty
“I suggest picking one statement-making square to anchor a space, like a chandelier, credenza,
cocktail list or wall sculpture, and afterwards blending in pieces from other eras and styles,” said
Brockaway, of Chairish.
“Also, many Brutalist pieces are dim in coloration, so we cite to change them with a lighter
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