American Hustle Set Decor 70s Interiors Brutalism

Brutalism 101: The Design Trend Brought Back by American Hustle

You may have heard the design term “Brutalism” being thrown around lately, but what does it really mean? We’ve got the scoop on this trend and how to incorporate the look into your home. Check it out:

What is Brutalism?

Brutalism is a  post-World War II style of architecture made popular by artists like Alberto Giacometti & architects like Louis I. Kahn during the ’60s and ’70s. It is defined by repeated geometric or abstract shapes grouped together asymmetrically and uses rugged, burnished materials with lots of texture & jagged edges. The overall look of Brutalism has a post-apocalyptic/industrial fortress type of vibe that utilizes lots of handcrafted metalwork and materials like concrete, steel, glass, bronze & iron in dark earth tone palettes. Today designers like Kelly Wearstler have adopted the style.

 

examples of brutalism - lamp sculpture chandelier jewelry ring

 

Why is it Back?

The world has recently become ’60s & ’70s-obsessed, and we can’t help but think that it had a lot to do with the fabulous decor on Mad Men & American Hustle. The set of American Hustle was the epitome of brutalist design, with it’s gold & brown metallic color palette, angular shapes and asymmetrical accessories. More recently, we saw a gorgeous brutalist sculpture by Nancy Hadley  on Nate Berkus’ new show,  American Dream Builders, which the judges ‘ooo-ed’ and ‘aww-ed’ over.

American Hustle Set Decor 70s Interiors Brutalism

American Hustle Set

Winfield Thybony Wallpaper - Harlow - Mica WHC2127
Winfield Thybony Wallpaper – Harlow – Mica
Phillips Jeffries Wallpaper - Granite Stone - Oro PJ 1873
Phillips Jeffries Wallpaper – Granite Stone – Oro
Scalamandre Fabric - Aquarius - Golds 26754-003
Scalamandre Fabric – Aquarius – Golds

 

American Hustle Decor Interiors on the Set 70s Brutalism Living Room

American Hustle Set

York Wallpaper - Velocity - DE8815
York Wallpaper – Velocity – DE8815
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Legacy - Espresso Pdl 9672-Espresso
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Legacy – Espresso
Surya Pillow - HH022
Surya Pillow – HH022

Lukas Machnik American Dream Builders Interior Decor Design Midcentury Modern Brutalism

Midcentury Modern Room Designed by Lukas Machnik with Brutalist Sculpture by Nancy Hadley

(As seen on American Dream Builders)

 

interior decor grey fabric brutalism tormpe loeil flannel schumacher
Schumacher Fabric – Jermyn Solid Flannel – Fog Grey

 

interior decor grey fabric brutalism tormpe loeil surya textured pillow schumacher
Surya Pillow – BB036 – 2222P
interior decor design trends fur rug safaveigh modern contemporary home
Safavieh – MLS431W – White Rug

How do I incorporate the look into my home?

Today it’s all about using brutalism pieces as accents as opposed to all over an entire room. Because of the advancement in technology, new materials & visual effects are available in stunning wall coverings that can quickly transform a space. A statement wall of distressed metal or cement bring the perfect touch of the trend to your home. Instead of building the room around neutral golden tones, modernize it with pops of bright color & introduce different textures like leather and velvet, pairing it with brutalist sculptures, wall-hangings and light fixtures to complete the look. Check out a few of our favorite looks:

copper walls interior decor brutalism industrial

Winfield Thybony Wallpaper - Oro Caldo - Copper WMA8061
Winfield Thybony Wallpaper – Oro Caldo – Copper
Maya Romanoff Wallcovering - True Metals Basketweave - Speckled Copper MR TM1977
Maya Romanoff Wallcovering – True Metals Basketweave – Speckled Copper

 

brutalist interior decor living room hollywood regency

Winfield Thybony Wallpaper - Textured Foil - Antique WGA2562
Winfield Thybony Wallpaper – Textured Foil – Antique
interior decor rugs chevron black & white stripes home design modern contemporary
Dash & Albert Rugs – Chevron Black/White Indoor/Outdoor
Fabricut Fabric - Pewter - Onyx 3471906
Fabricut Fabric – Pewter – Onyx
Robert Allen Fabric - Balistano - White
Robert Allen Fabric – Balistano – White

interior decor brutalist the line hotel concrete walls

The Line Hotel, L.A.

Andrew Martin Wallpaper - Atlantis - Cement
Andrew Martin Wallpaper – Atlantis – Cement
Surya Pillow - VP005
Surya Pillow – VP005

 

 

 

Related Articles:

Design Trend: Gold, Brass and Copper Accents

Delightfully Distressed Decor

Design History: Brutalist Home Decor

Retro-Chic Mad Men-Inspired Decor: How to Get the Look

 

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