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Design Style: Industrial Revolution

Design Style: Industrial Revolution

Industrial Style refers to an aesthetic trend in design that emphasizes sharp lines, abrupt connections and dynamic interactions of motion.

The Industrial Style attempts to acknowledge and celebrate sometimes contradictory forces and functions. A collection of shapes is unified in a composition where each piece maintains its internal logic and the connections between them are pronounced. This 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

Every aspect of Industrial interior design matters. So what does that mean? Simply that this concept is based largely upon the space being honest with it’s components i.e. everything from the construction to the selected furniture and items are boldly on display. That’s why an open space like a loft is good for this confident style.  Industrial interior design is often the concept selected for loft apartments, reflecting the once was look of an old warehouse or factory.  As for finishes, we are particularly looking for old industrial looking objects that are made from steel, metal, brick, concrete or wood. These items are typically worn down or have been salvaged and recycled.



R.W. Atlas Collection Plumbing Fixtures, Grove Brickworks Clay Tiles, Watt Lighting Fixtures available through Waterworks

It used to be that industrial wasn’t even a style — it was a fact of workaday life. But somewhere along the way, we began to appreciate its lack of pretension and the visual appeal that lies within utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back architecture and salvaged objects. It exploded into a trend that shows no signs of waning, and these days, you’re as likely to find industrial décor within the walls of a multimillion-dollar mansion as in a converted loft in a gritty part of town.  There’s a hardworking, proletarian quality about industrial style that resonates, and because it celebrates humble materials, it can be as affordable as you need it to be. Pared back to the essentials, it showcases the beautiful interplay between pure form and function. It’s unassuming, comfortable in its own skin and all the more chic for it.

-Lisa Frederick, Houzz Contributor



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