Exploring the Industrial Style


No style has been as prevalent in the 21st Century as the classic Industrial Style. Gaining massive popularity in the late 2000s that has lasted to this day, it’s exposed – brutalist look with a vaguely warm tone combines the most popular aspects of rustic and utilitarian design for an engaging look that is still unique today. In this article, we’ll go through where the industrial style began – what it stands for and what to do if you might be interested in taking this style into the future.


The Basics of Industrial design

Industrial styling typically uses a neutral palette, consisting of greys and warm tones. Most furniture and décor in industrial styling involves concrete, exposed brickwork and weathered wood and industrial fixtures. The aim of industrial design is to capture a warehouse-esque feel, allowing the focus of a room to be placed more on what is within than without. This style has become very popular in urban areas, and serves as the ideal styling for rooms with lots of open space and natural light, such as lofts.


History of Industrial design

Industrial design, much like Farmhouse Style, is so named after its original purpose. Industrial style was ubiquitous in the manufacturing industry of the 1760s, just as the Industrial Revolution began. The simplistic, large furniture made quickly from wood served well as work areas, and were just as mass-producible as the textiles coming out of the operating machines.

This style continued throughout the decades, remaining popular almost exclusively in factory settings all the way up to the early 20th century thanks to its strong emphasis on barebones, cost effective design. However, as the world began the second, electronic Industrial Revolution, it quickly fell out of style.

By the 1960s, Industrial style had been replaced in the mainstream working environment by plastics and leathers inside offices that would now know as the “retro” style. Old, industrial style buildings were left in disrepair. However, through the 70s and 80s Industrial style slowly began to creep once-more into popular culture as these old commercial spaces were converted into the trendy, affordable apartments one would find in droves across urban hotspots such as New York. This popularity still came from a desire for simple – cheap design, but had now graduated from the workman’s environment to the homes of New York’s young and groovy go-getters.

By the late 2000s, Industrial styles slow rise back to the top of urban design had broke it back into the zeitgeist, which propelled it even further into the limelight. Modern Industrial Design is nearly as ubiquitous as it was hundreds of years ago, with a timeless look that captivates young and old consistently. Nowadays, modern industrial furniture (much like ours) is likely reclaimed wooden furniture or other such recycled material. One common trend today is to build housing from shipping containers for a very exciting and economical industrial home.

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