FURNITURE Glossary

Industrial Style / Industrial Interior Design


Used in loft apartments, modern homes and commercial spaces around the world, industrial design showcases neutral tones, utilitarian objects, and wood and metal surfaces.

One signature element of industrial interior design is the presence of features that people typically try and conceal, such as pipes and ducts. You can imagine what a liberating strategy this proved to be when the concept of warehouse apartments began gaining popularity! Converting former industrial spaces (such as factories) to residential living may have been a challenge, but leaving a few raw elements exposed reminded residents of the buildings' original purpose and eliminated further construction.

The stripped-down designs of the urban-industrial trend focus on components rather than the whole. Materials include brushed nickel, wrought iron and weathered wood.

This modern yet vintage-inspired trend is heavily influenced by early 20th century manufacturing and Victorian style. You'll find exposed beams, rustic metal columns, lighting with antique-style bulbs and mechanical details like pulleys, gears and valves.
 
Inspired by the interior spaces of 19th and early 20th century manufacturing factories, the Industrial style combines a purely functional aesthetic with stylish refinements. During the height of the Industrial Revolution, these factories were a symbol of the lives of everyday working people. Inside these massive structures of commerce there was no need for fussy details or overt ornamentation. Instead, with their exposed brick walls, huge glass windows, massive machinery, well-worn wooden floors and tables and practical lighting, this distinctive style reminds one that factories were primarily about creating a functional environment.

Edgy yet sophisticated, Industrial style celebrates the utilitarian aspect of the industrial era while giving it a touch of chic comfort. Industrial style furniture has strong, sleek lines and no-frills surfaces with the warm look of beautifully reclaimed or distressed woods. It has characteristic features like metal legs or hardware that is reminiscent of machinery. Common design elements of industrial decor are new or salvaged factory parts, wood accents with rich, lived-in patinas or even peeling paint, clear or ribbed glass lighting and just about anything metal.

This [Industrial Style] differs from the more traditional view of design where all the parts are subjugated to the betterment of the whole. Industrial Style relies on the viewer to see the pieces as a beautiful team of complements working toward a common goal rather than any singular, resolved shape.
- Wikipedia: Industrial Style (online April 2015)


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