Just like we nurture love for fashion in clothing, trying day by day to use past trends and incorporate them in modern times hoping that the result would be a booming stream, so we do with furniture. Nurturing love for a certain type of furniture can lead to developing a new trend, since we know how easy it is to add an accessory to a vision and bring it to perfection.
However, there’s a completely new category of furniture that can find its way in the homes of people who love pairing vintage dresses with steel-toed boots: industrial style furniture.
A brief history of a trend
To be entirely clear, industrial furniture isn’t a new category of furniture, but for the sake of explaining the fast and highly asked for boom of the trend, I described it with that choice of words. The history of the industrial style goes way before World War II; the period when there were entire factories, like the Remington Rand whose main activity was producing furniture for offices, as well as other furnishings for factories and other industrial buildings. Industrial style, including a lot of metals, old wood and other materials made the post World War II office’s look, which unfortunately, lasted only until 1970s. That’s when plastic, glass and combination of materials for furniture pieces gained their popularity and the rusty, oldish look ended in the dumpster.
The fact that this furniture went down the drain very quickly, it doesn’t mean it disappeared completely; there were people who were eager to keep the old pieces and recycle them; an action that resulted in the reviving of the industrial style in interior design. Today, there’s a vast offer of industrial style furniture pieces which can be found in many online and offline stores, each and every one of them designed to give the room a dose of the oldish scent mixed with the new era design stream and the feeling of individuality.
The main characteristics
Industrial style can best be described as the art of salvage. The art of using the colour of dirt and mud, the nuances that remind so much of a period of hard work in factories, when everything was done with hands and mind and nothing was computerized.
If you ask an interior designer how does he/she experience the period of the proletariat, most of them would associate it with warmth and cosiness provided by the earthy tones mainly used, but also a little hard to handle as it’s all about metals and sturdy surfaces.
Another way to describe the industrial style is by considering the fact that deep in the roots of this philosophy is re-purposing the once old and forgotten furniture pieces. It’s what allowed this style to survive in the first place; the passion for restoration and reviving of ditched furniture some people had back in its last fame days is what kept the industrial style alive.
Most furnishings in industrial style you’d find today are minimal in their design, nothing nonsense, nothing too grandiose. Simplicity with strong, clean lines, and no excess at all.
Interior design based on industrial style rarely incorporates modern details such as curtains on the windows or any other type of cover on other pieces of furniture. Decoration ideas are out of the box, as you can see a number of quotes framed on the wall, a lot of murals instead of clean look for the walls, and use of wallpapers. It’s the type of furniture that allows creative people with strong individuality that simply don’t find contemporary, mainstream interior designs comfortable enough as their living area, to thrive in their own homes. Which is why here you’d find a lot of coolness, a lot of design rules broken and a lot of estranged elements used in such a sophisticated way that would’ve never come to your mind.