"Brutalist" design took-off after World War II. It began in the world of architecture, inspired by the design of Le Corbusier—in particular, with his use of unfinished poured cement as a building material. The French word for "raw" (unfinished) cement is Béton-Brut, which (one theory proposes) may have provided the genesis of the word "Brutalist." Cast cement was seen as a revolutionary material in architecture. It was inexpensive, suitable for expressive, novel shapes, and it was "honest" (meaning it duplicated its mould perfectly and presented itself without embellishment or affectation). For better or worse, cement became a very popular architectural material in the 1950's , 60's and 70's.
Novel architectural trends spread throughout the design world, including to the decorative arts and the aesthetics of other household items. Post-War churches were sometimes designed in the new Brutalist manner—or, at least, fitted with the appropriately sympathetic furnishings. Such are the wrought iron altarsticks shown above. They are heavy, textured, and perfect for many different interior design schemes—from the Arts & Crafts to the highly-Modern. Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.
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