Industrial style furniture has gone from being just a passing trend to making its way into mainstream design and interior décor.
Through the years the industrial look or style has become an art form. Whether its an old recycled find or a stylish reproduction they are in the trendiest apartments, converted lofts and warehouses in the most popular suburbs of your city. The industrial look brings together comfortability, art and practical functionality to complement the modern or vintage style.
What is Industrial style furniture?
Years ago it may of meant scouring and collecting old or maybe rusted metal or wooden furniture from second-hand markets, vintage stores or garage sales with an idea of creating something unique.
Tin, aluminimum, iron steel, metals in sharp lines, recycled wood, metallic colours in a mixture of factory or farm pieces. Everything from wooden crates turned into coffee tables, unfinished walls with exposed beams to old lockers used for storage or rustic ladders for shelving, the industrial look takes on many forms and materials.
How to Incorporate the Industrial look in your home?
The humble materials of the Industrial look have a minimal and no-nonsense feel. Strong industrial look pieces can have a harsh or severe look on their own. Many people have found you can soften the look with natural textures and neutral colours. Even padded furniture can complement the industrial look if kept simple and free of frills. Texture from aged furniture works well with the strong shapes of the metals adding character.
The minimalistic rawness and open floor plan of the industrial style gives a hard-working un-pretentious feel that can suit any budget. Salvaging anything from large glass jars, old metal typewriters, bolts, machinery parts and using them to create something new.
Exposed walls and ceilings, mixing new furniture with old, rough textures with sharp smooth lines, the industrial look can be a design and style while still being practical and functional.
Where to get the Industrial look?
Although there can be great satisfaction in finding and maybe even restoring that just right piece of pre-loved furniture to complement your industrial look, our fast paced world doesn’t always cater to this.
Reproduction of industrial look furniture has now exploded into the market, combining new materials with old to replicate, add to, or make a whole new piece of industrial furniture.
There are many companies that specialise in retro furniture, and often have industrial furniture. Many of their pieces are made from recycled wood or steel, bringing new life to old materials while still keeping integrity to the industrial style.
Everything from bookcases, shelving, tables to stools and storage boxes, industrial furniture businesses have a great range of industrial look furniture to complement your home or office.
Auction houses are a great way to source previously used furniture. Look for auctions that source their furniture from companies in industrial zones. You may just find a perfect piece of outdoor furniture without the new furniture price-tag. Research online for your local auction houses, and then contact them for their current stock.