Jeni Sandberg is a dealer, appraiser and consultant in 20th century design. She has worked in museums, was a Senior Specialist at Christie’s, and also appears on WGBH’s Antiques Roadshow. She writes about fun objects on her blog. In this series, she will explore the history of decorative objects.
Metallics are having a moment in contemporary home decor, so it makes sense that bold Brutalist designs are making a comeback. Once the toast of the 1960s and ‘70s, Brutalism’s positively post-apocalyptic look found its way into everything from architecture to jewelry and lent texture and edge to homes of the period through distinctive metalwork wall sculptures and light fixtures. Today Brutalist works make perfect high-impact, of-the-moment statement pieces, and collectors are snapping up wall sculptures and chandeliers to add a little edge to their own abodes.
The roots of Brutalism can