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BRUTALISM & INTERIOR DESIGN

Updated: May 14, 2019

Brutalist architecture has been working its way back into the eyes of us design lovers for some time now. So much so that I feel I'm a little late on this one…

Much like fashion, interior and architectural design comes and goes in cycles. I can see brutalism influencing interior design more and more, especially within the last few years. It’s strong, raw materials and imposing structures are making their way proudly into the hands of interior designers in the form of furniture, but also in the form of the materials we are using. I’m loving this era of architecture being reinvented into modern day design, its subtly imposing with simplicity and strength combined.

It may not be as strongly apparent as it was in its prime but if you analyse our interior trends enough you will see that brutalist practices are more pronounced than we realised. Our use of concrete in interiors has been such a strong design element of late and its here to stay for quite some time. This design trend stems massively from Brutalism, concrete was the main material used in this practice since it was cheap and accessible post war. The word Brutalism in fact comes from the french term, beton brut, literally meaning raw concrete, which is exactly what this form of architecture represents. Raw unfinished materials. Much like the ongoing industrial trend.



Brutalist inspired kitchen island designed by Dominic Pandolfini


The reinvention of brutalism in todays design is slightly more luxurious. Kelly Wreastler is a prime example of this. Her furniture collection speaks brutalist luxe.

She's created artistically formed furniture that gives a respectful nod to brutalist design. Her use of unconventional materials sits impressively with me. This woman is quite literally the queen of contrast!



When you look back at the history of the buildings created in brutalism you discover that these were geometric art forms. Although Brutalism has a bad rep at times, a lot of people associate it with deteriorating tower blocks that haven't aged well. Granted, these aren't the best examples, but my eyes still see some form of ironic beauty in these inner city giants. Brutalist architecture done right is simply incredible, they’re some of the most impacting structures I have ever laid eyes on.


Brion Vega cemetery - Treviso Italy - Carlo Scarpa

4 Geisel Library - San Diego - William Pereira & Associates 1970


Sadly soon to be deomilished - The Welbeck Street Car Park - Michael Blampied & Partners - 1970


Swiss Medical Research Foundation - Jack Vicajee Bertoli - Geneva Switzerland 1976


St Joseph‘s Hospital - Bertrand Goldberg Associates - Washington 1974

Battle of Sutjeska Memorial Monument - Republic of Srpska - Bosnia - Miodrag Živković & Ranko Radovic 1971