I am fascinated by the re-usage of old pieces of different functional objects to transform a space into an enjoyable/live environment.

Who would have thought at the beginning of the century that the big “ugly” lamp whose sole purpose was to illuminate the factory floor would become the source of inspiration for exciting  and full of character designs.

The pioneer of industrial modern design is known to be Jean Prouve (1901-1984), the French Industrialist that actually introduced the machine age and industrial engineered design aesthetic to interiors.

 Nobody denies its “good looks” – but is it less achievable for residential spaces and more commonly used for “commercial”?

Industrial design seems to be a lot more popular among commercial spaces – especially restaurants and bars, however its popularity started to rise among residential spaces.

The start of this was around the 70’ when loft apartments stated to arise. Residential spaces started to be created in old factories taking advantage of the spaces and sometimes of some original pieces .

 The  trend started to intensify nowadays even outside lofts or other kind of industrial looking  places that really ask for it.

It’s probably the history and the stories these pieces come with that make them exciting and inspirational. We are often captivated by the past. A pinch of reality covered in mysterious veils give room to imagination  and therefore becomes interesting.

 As a homeowner, is it more difficult to create an industrial design decoration?

It does require a little more attention, a little more time for searching for the unusual pieces and more passion for going beyond the clean/neutral look that many newly decorated apartments tend to have.

 So in a way I believe it can be more difficult to compile, and probably this is the reason industrial design became firstly popular in commercial circumstances where more time and effort is usually allocated into decorating the space. Nevertheless industrial elements mixed with softer elements like carpets and comfortable welcoming sofas can make a space extremely cosy and welcoming regardless of its personal or commercial use.

Here are some warm hospitable residential ideas and some lovely comm

ercial venues in London both portraying the industrial flair.

 Grain Store, Granary Square – Kings Cross, London

http://www.grainstore.com/

http://www.grainstore.com/

http://www.grainstore.com/

http://www.grainstore.com/

http://www.grainstore.com/

http://www.grainstore.com/

Pizza East, London

http://www.pizzaeast.com/

http://www.pizzaeast.com/

http://www.pizzaeast.com/

http://www.pizzaeast.com/

The Riding House Cafe, London 

http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk/

http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk/

http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk/

http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk/

http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk/

Jamie’s Italian, Covent Garden, London

https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/

https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/

Spuntino, Soho, London 

http://www.londontown.com/

http://www.londontown.com/

Tom’s Kitchen, London 

http://www.tomskitchen.co.uk/

http://www.tomskitchen.co.uk/

 

And some residential ideas:

 

https://vintageindustrialstyle.com

https://vintageindustrialstyle.com

https://vintageindustrialstyle.com

https://vintageindustrialstyle.com

https://vintageindustrialstyle.com

https://vintageindustrialstyle.com

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https//:www.laceandtea.com

 

Industrial designs

Industrial designs