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Resurgence of raw and bold design with brutalist interior trend

There has been a resurgence of interest in brutalist interior design in design circles, and it's not hard to see why. With its focus on bold and clear lines, shapes and structures, this style of interior design definitely makes a statement.

Brutalist interior design is a style inspired by brutalist architecture, characterised by its use of raw materials such as concrete, brick, and metal, as well as its emphasis on simple, geometric forms. These architectural features are translated into interior elements to create what is known as brutalist interior design.


Brutalism emerged in the post-World War II era as a movement in modern architecture. It drew inspiration from the Bauhaus movement's exploration of raw concrete façades and forms. Notable examples include Le Corbusier's unité d'habitation in Marseille, France, constructed from raw concrete, which is considered a pioneering example of brutalist architecture.

Key features of brutalist architecture include the predominant use of raw concrete, monolithic structures, contrasting textures, and exposed building services. While subsequent architectural movements overshadowed brutalism, its principles continue to inspire contemporary architects. It prioritises clean lines, minimalist forms, and textured surfaces, eschewing excessive ornamentation. Architects favour this style for its emphasis on light and space over decorative elements.

Twenty-first-century interpretations of brutalist design embody authenticity, simplicity, and functionality. While it may not appeal to those seeking maximalist decor, its understated elegance and focus on tactile materials make it a compelling choice for modern homes.


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