LOS ANGELES–Kurt Freiler, a founding partner of Artisan House, designers and crafters of fine-quality metal sculptures for wall, floor and tabletop, has passed away. He was 103.
Freiler, a German immigrant and manufacturing ace with a knack for reinventing the use of tools, met Jerry Fels, a New York-based artist, in the 1940s, and the two bonded over their shared passion for creative development and design. They launched Artisan House in 1964, and the company became known for its collection of eclectic, decorative wall décor. Freiler and Fels are also responsible for the corporate signature of “C. Jeré” that is found on all authentic Artisan House sculptures and which is recognized as a benchmark brand in fine metal wall décor.
Today, the company is largely popular with vintage art dealers and collectors, has caught the attention of such leading designers as Michael Payne and Jonathan Adler and offers more than 350 pieces.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kurt. Both he and Jerry were trailblazers, trendsetters and leaders in the world of metal art design,” said John Shilling, president of Artisan House. “While the originators of Artisan House are no longer with us, we will continue to develop and grow the company that they worked so hard to create.”
Freiler’s death follows the passing of Fels in 2007.