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Artisan House Co-Founder Kurt Freiler Dies

Kurt Freiler, a founding partner of metal wall, floor and table-top sculpture vendor Artisan House, has died at age 103.

His death follows that of Artisan House’s other co-founder, Jerry Fels , in 2007 at the age of 90.

Soon after Freiler and Fels met in the 1940’s, it became apparent the two shared a passion for creative development and design. Freiler, a German immigrant and manufacturer with a knack for reinventing the use of tools; and Fels, a New York-based artist, quickly became friends and, soon after, began taking their first steps to securing a successful business future together. 

In 1964 the pair officially launched Artisan House, which became known for its collection of eclectic, decorative wall décor. Freiler and Fels also  are responsible for the corporate signature of “C. Jeré” that is found on all authentic Artisan House sculptures. The signature has become synonymous with classic designs and fine craftsmanship, and is recognized as the benchmark brand in fine metal wall décor.

Today, the company is popular among vintage art dealers and collectors, has caught the attention of leading designers--such as Michael Payne and Jonathan Adler--and offers its clients an ever-evolving roster of more than 350 pieces.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kurt,” said John Shilling , president of Artisan House. "Both he and Jerry were trailblazers, trendsetters, and leaders in the world of metal art design. 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."







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