A spectre is haunting the design world: the spectre of industrial style.
What was once synonymous with workaday life, writes Lisa Frederick in the industrial style Ideabook for the home design website Houzz, has become a trendy style characterized by a focus on “utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back architecture, and salvaged objects” and a refreshing, unpretentious, “proletarian quality.”
While fanciful steampunk style may turn machines inside out, hardworking industrial style brings the outside world of work into the inside world of your home. (Yes, millennials, before smart phones and Internets kept us all connected all the time, people used to leave their jobs and go home daily). Familiar, useful forms from workplaces can find surprising new uses in our homes. (No, not just staplers). This repurposed industrial iron trolley cart/console table by Design MIX Furniture features a reclaimed teak wood shelf, metal baskets for storage, and cast iron wheels for mobility. This piece could make an intriguing TV console or workstation. Contact Mark Poirier for custom furniture designed from reclaimed industrial objects.
This kitchen remodeling project by Feinmann Inc. for a Boston loft illustrates some of the key traits of industrial style discussed by Frederick: clean lines for furnishings, open interior spaces broken by carefully arranged furniture, a focus on the infrastructure of the rooms themselves, and basic flooring. This loft was actually located in a former 19th century factory, and the remodel combined a modern look with a respect for the industrial origins of the space. The only decorative touches for the cabinetry comes from the wood grain. The appliances are panelized. The floor is micro-topped concrete. Sleek, horizontal lines define this space. For an industrial makeover, or rebirth, for your living spaces, contact Peter Feinmann and discuss your plans.
Although metal may be the material most easily associated with industrial style, wood and other materials can add warmth to industrial furniture. JG Custom Design has combined acacia wood and glass with stainless steel screw rods in this industrial coffee table and macassar ebony and grey and black fabrics with stainless steel in this lounge chair. Contact Jordan Goodman and let him bring his background in architecture to bear on industrial style designs for your home.