Silas Seandel (b. 1932) is an American sculptor and furniture designer who works mainly in metals such as steel, bronze, brass and copper. He has a huge catalogue of work in the Brutalist style, I imagine they’d look equally stunning in a mid-century modern home, vintage industrial loft apartment or minimalist hotel lobby.
In searching for an image of Seandel on the web, I came across the one below on the CNN website. In 2012, the designer’s Manhattan studio was an unfortunate casualty of Hurricane Sandy. If you look closely at the wall to the right of the open doors, you can see the tide line of where the water level reached. According to Seandel:
The surge came in and broke through the door, and knocked me down… it threw me and thousands of pounds of steel, and bronze, and sheets, all the way to the back door.
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Concrete – you either love it or loathe it. Brutalist, cold, ugly, boring? We don’t think so! Like Jonathan Meades, who lives in an apartment in the Le Corbusier-designed Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles, we think it can be beautiful, warm and exciting.
We might not be able to afford a flat in London’s Trellick Tower or (Adelle’s favourite building) Brighton’s Embassy Court, but concrete furniture and homewares are much more attainable and within our price range. There are lots of ingenious (not to mention cheap to make) DIY home & garden ware concrete projects freely available on the internet. From lamps moulded in plastic drink bottles, to letters moulded in ice cube trays to a jewellery display moulded in a Marigold glove!
If you’re interested in watching Meades’ recent 2-part BBC documentary, “Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry”, we’ve embedded them below.
- Concrete wallpaper CON-06 by Piet Boon: £198.99, Bodie and Fou
- Swing rocking chair: £3,325, Milkster
- Empty spice set tubes with concrete base: £36.41, Etsy
- Gray Concrete font: €70, HandmadeFont
- Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes by Fu-Tung Cheng: from £11.38, Amazon
- Tema Home Petra side table: £154.47, Wayfair
- Urban floor lamp, black: £99, made.com
- Stool with fly motif: £86, Notonthehighstreet
- Magis Chair One: £415, Nest.co.uk