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Lobel Modern, opened in 1998 by Evan Lobel, showcases furniture, lighting, hand-blown glass and art by important designers from the 1940's thru the 1980's. Located in the Four Points section of lower Manhattan.

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PHILIP AND KELVIN LAVERNE

Evan Lobel

Philip LaVerne

Philip (born in 1907) and Kelvin (born in 1937) were father and son artists who worked together to create exceptional art pieces which were incorporated into furniture.  Each incredibly talented in their own right, Philip and Kelvin's collaboration created a dynamic synergy.  Philip studied at the Arts Student League in New York.  Kelvin went City College in New York City and switched to Parsons for his last 2 years.  Like his father, he also studied at the Arts Student League.  After finishing school in the early 1960’s, Kelvin joined his father and they began making pieces in pewter and bronze, opening a showroom on East 57th Street in NYC.  Their first series focused on historical civilizations, such as China, Greece, Rome, and Egypt with elements inspired from mythology.  The pieces were both modern and traditional, and became the focal points of many high end interiors.  The two often buried their works in special soil which would age the metal and give it the appearance of antiquity.  Their experimentation with metals and chemical reactions was unique.  After the historical civilizations they moved onto more abstract designs, such as Eternal Forest, Etruscan Round, and Fantasia.  Always evolving, in the 1970’s they began working with molds and made cast pieces such as "Persephone Enslaved".   These pieces, very time consuming and expensive to fabricate, are quite rare and some are one-of-a-kinds.  They only made these for a few years and then moved on to hand-torched pieces. With hand-torched pieces, they moved headlong into abstract sculpture.  They created bronze sculptures such as "Moment of Truth" and "Wavecrest" which served as bases for coffee tables, console tables and dining tables.  These pieces are the least known of their works but are the most exceptional and unique.   They continued to make pieces until Philip died in 1987 at which time Kelvin completed open orders on the Historical Series pieces and made no more of them.  He continued to work on unique abstract works of art.  Their pieces continue to be highly collected today.

Evan Lobel interviewing Kelvin LaVerne at his studio in Soho

Evan Lobel interviewing Kelvin LaVerne at his studio in Soho