Melissa Collison


curtis jere

There are several furniture and object designers from the history books that really get me going.  A great inspiration for me has been the Curtis Jere group, who produced many of their works throughout the 60s and 70s. "Curtis Jere" was the nom-de-plume of metalwork artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels.  They created their wall sculptures with the aim of providing "gallery-quality art for the masses".  I just love the way the pieces have so many dimensions to them.  Check out the complex metal work with simply luminous enamel, resin and bronze finishes. Techniques that are rarely used anymore give each piece a unique character.  Among designers, their Raindrop series was one of their most popular:

But gone are the days that you could rummage through the flea markets of New York and Los Angeles to get your hands on one of their pieces.  Nowadays if you want want of their beauties you have to head directly to the art and antique dealers.  I love Curtis Jere's work so much that I couldn't help myself and shipped some over from the USA: a little Raindrop Series mirror in bronze for my pad, and a Swan for one of my clients: