The Raw Beauty of Brutalist Design

A celebration of the inspired materials and industrial aesthetics that continues to shape the world of design.

The beauty of European Brutalist design lies in its raw, unapologetic aesthetic. This movement, which emerged in the 20th century, represented a departure from the sleek and polished surfaces that had become synonymous with modernism. Instead, Brutalism celebrated the use of natural concrete and exposed steel, highlighting the industrial influences that shaped its design.

At AP Modern, we are passionate about design, and we firmly believe that European Brutalism is one of the most significant design movements of the 20th century. From architecture to furniture and lighting design, the impact of Brutalism can still be felt today.

One of our favorite examples of Brutalist architecture is the Barbican Estate in London. Its rough concrete exterior and massive forms perfectly capture the spirit of the movement. Fortunately, Brutalism wasn’t limited to architecture; it also had a significant influence on furniture and lighting design. For example, The Castiglioni brothers’ Arco lamp, with its sweeping arc and raw marble base, is an iconic representation of everything we love about this movement.

We are proud to be inspired by the uncompromising approach of European Brutalism. We believe that its emphasis on raw materials and industrial aesthetics continues to influence contemporary design, shaping the world of design as we know it. Whether in architecture, furniture, or lighting design, the legacy of European Brutalism can still be felt today. And we are excited to be a part of that legacy, celebrating the inspired materials and industrial aesthetics that continue to shape the world of design.


A vintage pair of handsome Brutalist iron candleholders hand forged in France, circa 1950's.
A silver-grey, vintage Mid-Century modern Italian brutalist office table. Circa 1950 - 1970, Milan, Italy.
A vintage Brutalist American shaped velvet steel sculpture, designed by Ali Landsberg