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Brutalism: Tough love? Or harsh truth? This uncompromising style is once again de rigeur


The term #brutalist was first coined after the construction of a housing development built by Le Corbusier’s called Cité Radieuse in #Marseille in the 1940’s. This development used beton brut or raw concrete in much of it’s design from which #brutaliststyle derives it’s name. This type of #architecture is characterised by it’s angular, “blocks” unusual shapes as well as unfinished raw surfaces and small windows.

  • · Unfinished Surfaces

  • · Straight Lines

  • · Unusual Shapes

  • · Repetitive patterns

#Interior design has adopted many of the characteristics of brutalist architecture and the style is now recognised in interior and furniture design and lighting production for the same use of – raw angular lines, unusual shapes and unfinished surfaces.


It is favoured by many modern interior designers such as Belgian interior designer #Axel Vervoordt. famous for his design work on the Penthouse of the #GreenwichHotel – owned by #Robert De Niro in New York’s fashionable #Tribeca district.


Other mid century designers such as Willy Ballez and Alberto Poli also created brutralist lighting and furniture which remain popular today.

You can see some examples here.


#midcentury #midcenturymodern #interiordesign #interiordesigner #lighting #brutalist #brutalism #lighting

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