Brutalist Architecture – 15 items to bring modernist buildings indoors
Post-war architecture saw an explosion of exciting space-age constructions, reaching for the sky, that stripped buildings back to their structure. The London Festival of Architecture starts on Monday so today Home Arty Home takes a look at this minimal modernist movement, which became known as Brutalism, with buildings constructed from concrete.
Mid-Century Brutalism has some detractors (we’re looking at you Prince Charles) but there’s a modernity and optimism of 1960s buildings that makes sure they endure to this day with an appreciative audience.
From Centre Point to the Barbican, here’s Home Arty Home’s pick of 15 Brutalist Architecture prints and accessories to bring some of these London modernist buildings into the home.
1. Art & Hue Graphic pop art based on the often-overlooked Welbeck Street car park, tucked behind Oxford Street, this striking print captures the geometric structure beautifully.
2. Chisel & Mouse Bring the entire Centre Point tower into your living space with this detailed plaster model.
3. Wingate This graphic line drawing of Trellick Tower looks great on this cushion cover by Mr Wingate.
4. People Will Always Need Plates Available from Magnolia Box, this hand-illustrated print of the Barbican estate is instantly recognisable as People Will Always Need Plates.
5. Yumalum Yumalum have created abstract prints based on the concept of brutalism.
6. Monokraum Hand-cut and hand-pulled lino print of the Barbican by architect Monokraum.
7. People Will Always Need Plates Delicate line drawing of the famous Trellick Tower available in a range of colours from Magnolia Box.
8. Art & Hue Love this clean and fresh interpretation of the Barbican’s tower, rendered as distinctive graphic pop art which makes the estate look more stylish.
9. Monokraum Created by hand, Monokraum’s linocut print of Lauderdale Tower at the Barbican.
10. Art & Hue Centre Point from a unique angle to appreciate the detail of the impressive concrete structure.
11. Wingate Bethnal Green’s Keeling House looks striking on this printed cotton cushion in blue-grey.
12. Yumalum A great way to bring the concept of brutalism into the home in an abstract print.
13. Linescapes Limited Edition signed print of Trellick Tower from this Brighton-based illustrator.
14. Chisel & Mouse Detailed plaster model of Trellick Tower to put on your desk and feel like a giant.
15. Art & Hue Fabulous pop art rendering of Space House in London (now known as One Kemble Street) with geometric honeycomb windows.