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

Berlin home of Hubert Zandberg
Curtis Jere 'Deer and Fawn' Table Sculpture Shop Now
Curtis Jere Sunburst Sculpture Shop Now
West Village, New York home of Karlie Kloss by Nate Berkus
West Bloomfield Township, Michigan home by Architect Mark Johnson
Kent Lakes, New Yorki home of Interior Designer, Amy Lau
Large 'Birds in Flight' Table Sculpture by W. Day Shop Now
Palm Beach home by Australian Architect / Designer Greg Natale
Curtis Jere Brass Birds Wall Sculpture Shop Now
Apartment of Aroussia Chamakh and Henrik Jessen, Paris
Curtis Jere Boy with Anchor and Sailboat Table Sculpture Shop Now
Vlad Cacala’s 'Tapper House', 1957 featuring 'Gingko Leaves' Brass Sculpture, by Curtis Jere
Parisian home of Australian Fashion Designer Martin Grant
Apartment by James Huniford in Greenwich Village, New York

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