Brutalism is a fortress-like architectural style characterized by an unapologetic use of utilitarian concrete and steel. Emerging in the mid-20th century, the style rose in popularity before reaching its peak in the mid-1970s, after which it was derided as a model of bad taste. Even so, home décor designers are experimenting with the genre and putting an aggressive gothic spin on their interpretations.

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The Anvil side table comes from the Barry Dixon Collection for Arteriors. The round top pairs with the reclaimed wood block base to create a bold statement. The top has a burnt wax finish on a dark waxed wooden base. (

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Reviled by some but revered by Jonathan Adler, Brutalist architecture’s organic textures and strong lines inspired his collection of stoneware vessels. Adler threw the model for this Brutalist Cuff Vase in his Soho pottery studio and added an all-over impasto texture and relief pattern. The gunmetal glaze gives the form an industrial touch. (

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Corbett Lighting’s experiment with Brutalism resulted in the aptly named Confidant pendant. The aggressive, torch-cut metal creates a fortress of light with a medieval vibe. Hints of gold leaf contrast with graphite-colored metal for a dramatic look. The central shade of pure linen gently diffuses the light. (