Kurt Freiler, a founding partner of Artisan House along with the late Jerry Fels, has passed away at the age of 103. Fels died in 2007 at the age of 90.
Wall decor and sculpture company Artisan House began with Kurt Freiler and Jerry Fels in 1964. Freiler, a German immigrant and manufacturing expert with a knack for reinventing the use of tools, met New York City-based artist Fels in the 1940s. More than 20 years later, the pair officially launched Artisan House, which quickly 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. The signature has become synonymous with classic designs and fine craftsmanship, and is recognized as a benchmark brand in fine metal wall décor.
Today, the company is largely popular among vintage art dealers and collectors, plus has caught the attention of leading designers such as Michael Payne and Jonathan Adler.
“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. 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,” comments John Shilling, president of Artisan House.