28 JUL 2017
Mid-Century Prestige : Curtis Jerè
Explore the glorious creations of design dream team Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels of Curtis Jerè.
Words by Phoebe Houston Lowe
The warm glow of copper and brass has been hitting the design scene a lot lately so we thought it was time for a closer look at its origins in modernist sculpture. Curtis Jerè, a name that conjures images of the deluxe - bent brass; Iron, raw stones, patina and oxidisation. A name that is actually a pseudonym for legendary design team, Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels.
Their eclectic oeuvre of metal works marks a pivotal moment in design and art history during the 60s and 70s, sculptural and decorative furnishings were now as much a part of the home as any sofa. Large scale metal sculptures and dynamic lighting possibilities were produced in numbers and distributed throughout the American market with ease. Cutting edge artworks and objects made accessible to all with good taste, just how it should be!
Their work typically utilise the mutability of metals to create forms that reference nature and geometry with a strong brutalist influence. Their various pieces are coveted by decorative art collectors, designers and mid century enthusiasts and we have been lucky enough to have a few special pieces hot off the press from America, so we thought we would celebrate with an ode to some of our favourite designs.
Hero image features 'Willow' Brass Sculpture, by Curtis Jere
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