Industrial Design

Last week I talked about restoration furniture and the art of making something old into something new. Well alongside of this act of reclaiming furniture goes… drum-roll please!…

Industrial Design! (I’m sure you saw that coming, didn’t you)

Restored furniture and Industrial Design are best buds. They are B.F.F’s if you will. The reason for this is that, even though restored furniture looks great in almost any design to give it extra edge, it looks best in an industrial designed space.

When you search for Industrial design on the internet, you really can’t find a definition for what this style of decorating represents. What you do find is some information about designers who take certain objects and figure out what to change to make them better, whether it be their aesthetics or function. This however, doesn’t have much to do with that.

Pretend with me…you have just moved out of your parent’s house and into ‘the big city’. You are apartment hunting, and your best friend has come along for the exciting journey. The first apartment was just okay. Standard carpet floors, white walls and wood trim outlined that tiny space. Then the next, parkay floored, linoleum tiles, *sigh*, boring!

Then you open the door to the very last one after you just told your bestie that you’re pretty sure you’re never going to find anything that really suits your style and you might as well pick any one because they all look the same, and its AMAZING! Concrete floors, wide open space, floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, and exposed duct-work and lighting when you look up.


Those are the main elements of industrial design that I am referring to here. Imagine an abandoned warehouse, what it would look like, and that is quite close to it.

Maybe this all sounds horrible to you, but here, take a look at what I mean and give it a chance:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageYou love it, right?! Well if you don’t, I appreciate you giving it a chance.

But I think its gorgeous! It’s all about embracing the rough elements in the space and really turning them into focal points, rather than just a background. Especially the beams and brick. There really is no point in having crazy accent colours when they have already been included in the space.

So, earlier I mentioned the restoration furniture post from last week and this is why: when you have such a rustic space like the examples above, any sort of older piece of furniture you add to the space will really complete the design and make it look authentic. As if no one else in the world could have a space like yours. (And they probably couldn’t!) Unless you are going for a more juxtaposed design. (But that’s a whole other blog post in itself!)

I hope you really enjoyed today’s lesson on Industrial Design as much as I did.

Take care!