Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

Father and son duo Philip (1907—1987) and Kelvin (born 1936) Laverne are well-known for their unique approach to decorative household design. Both born in New York, Philip studied at the Art Students League of New York and Kelvin at Parsons School of Design with a focus on metal sculpting and furniture design.

From the mid-1950s through the 1980s, they collaborated on cabinets, coffee and occasional tables among many other objects creating a distinct blend of function and artistry while incorporating ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Greek archaeological and art historical references. Their uncommon techniques included applying patina and acid etching to mixed metals such as pewter, brass, and bronze. The furniture and sculpture of Philip and Kelvin Laverne is highly sought after today for its one-of-a kind quality and demonstrated mastery of functional décor.

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