3/25/2011

Style Industriel

Industrial style

Factory window North France 1870's  turned into mirror


The last couple of decades have been very exciting in the field of interior design.  It seems there were no defined trends. Decor styles varied.  From the ethereal minimalist to the clutter of the collector,  from the impeccable purist to the eclectic who mixes the old with the modern, and from the earthy of natural materials to the cool, metallic of the Style Industriel.  Certainly for some, the most surprising, was the latter.


Printers chest from Valencia, Spain 1900's

Heavy metal  riveted work table

Who would have thought that suddenly, the seemingly cold mechanic tables and other abandoned hardware would be "adorning" million dollar homes? Undoubtedly, the conversion of old factories and industrial buildings into the trendy lofts of the 80's and 90's called for a style of home decor apt for this new way of casual yet elegant way of living.  Industrial carts that morphed into coffee and dining tables, old, warehouse windows transformed into beautiful decorative mirrors, storage bins turned into beautiful plant containers, factory lamps that suddenly looked perfect over a dining table, and yes, the magnificent clock faces that hung over train stations and business buildings. Suddenly, owners of old abandoned factories and industrial buildings discovered that seemingly obsolete items that were destined to be trashed or recycled as scrap metal, were valuable artifacts that for some would reach the level of the sublime.



Printers chest found in South France, late 1800's


Metal warehouse lights from 1940's Belgian warehouse

Great tall iron table found in Maroilles, France

At first, you would see the wrinkled noses and shaking heads of a few, denying its potential, and yet little by little, details of Le Style Industriel made their way into the fanciest and classiest of magazines and into the hearts of designers, decorators and home decor aficionados.  Restoration Hardware has certainly laughed all the way from abandoned factories and mines, to the drafting table and off to the bank.  Now there's no turning back.  Le Style Industriel will not be a fad.  Certainly it will not retain its level of attraction for some, but elements of the fortitude and bravado of this particular style shall remain as a constant design ingredient for many.


Church clock taken down from church in north France

Heavy metal crates turning in side tables

The classic Jielde lamps, France 1940's

Metal post office sorting dest, great to get your own mail organized,
 found in Avignon, France 
Set your own time, Metal Church clock from North France, late 1800's

Tolix chair, you got to have them, the most sought item on markets in France

Trestle table with pine top, Belgium 1920's


One of the booths on the Saint Ouen Paris antique market

Great the give your interior some industrial accents. 
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29 comments:

Divine Theatre said...

What a lovely post! I always look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve!
The first photograph is my favorite. I love the juxtaposition of the garden ornaments with the industrial finds! LOVE!

Happy Weekend!

Andie

Acquired Objects said...

Right now I’m obsessing over those metal crates turned into side tables those are fabulous! I wish I lived closer to your shop I would buy a boatload of stuff…then again it might be a good thing you’re clear across the states!

la Brocanteuse said...

As always, a lot of inspiration,..love it all - but the printers cabinet from Spain...oh boy!
thank you for sharing.Col~ Afrique du Sud

lvroftiques said...

Beautiful post full of the most delightful eye candy as always! I'm so glad I collected a few pieces back in the 80's. Back then everyone thought I was nuts *winks* Vanna

Mark Norkaitis said...

Love the industrial clock!!!

Trouvais said...

Beautifully written post...great photos! Can't wait for April...and your new container...to arrive! Merci! Trish

Home and Lifestyle said...

About a few weeks I will visit Paris and the Saint Quen Paris antique market!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures!

Warm regards, Ingrid

Room Seventeen said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to say that I have incredibly enjoyed reading your posts! Thanks for adding the Room 17 link in the side bar!

It's me said...

Great blog !! nice stuff !! i came from Hennie.....i follow you now......love and a happy day Ria....

Gracefully Vintage said...

Such Inspiration.. Those are just amzingly beautiful. The design-and style is breath taking
Karryann
Happy to Follow you...

desde my ventana said...

Fantástico mueble español, preciosas tolix, preciosa ventana con espejos.....TODO!!
Gracias por mostrarnos estas maravillas.
Yo también os deseo un feliz fin de semana,

Besos,

Cecilia

Bohemian said...

Oh yes I love this Style, mixed with Garden Style and a bit of French Vintage Country it is both charming and holds up well to Family life! Great Post!!!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Agneta said...

Woooooooow, your blog & your blues...... me like a lot

Agneta, a swedish one

flowers on my table said...

I just found you via Room Seventeen. Your blog is wonderful and your stock is to die for. It is very interesting how the industrial look has really taken over. I think it makes fine Antiques less stuffy when mixed with something roughed up and industrial or rustic.Thanks for taking the time to share your lovely photos with us, love Linda x.

flowers on my table said...

Thankyou so much for taking the time to drop by my blog and leave such lovely comments. I did read your en route post it was lovely. You are fortunate that you have a great job, handling beautiful things and visiting special places. I am sure there are days when its not so rosy though.When its pouring with rain and you've got to load the van and everything is not fitting in! I used to be married to an Antiques dealer, so I know.Have a lovely day, love Linda xxx

atelier de campagne said...

Thank you folks for visiting and all your comments. Although we've been in business for over 12 years, we have just recently started blogging and learning bit by bit. You are all so generous and amazingly creative. We are busily preparing for the arrival of our Spring Container Sale. Wish You all could come and visit!

Trinidad, Johan and Martin

flowers on my table said...

I have put a little link to you from my blog and used a couple o your images, I hope you don't mind? Linda x

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hola, You will defintely see us in Long Beach. Hope too see some garden goodies there that day. Thank You for stopping by and we always enjoy the beautiful photos you take of your shop and garden arera. See you soon..............Ray & Julian

flowers on my table said...

Trinidad, your words were so poignant and lovely. You are right it is a community that is uplifting and inspirational. I too am new to this world of blogging and am quite blown away by it all. On the one hand I am daunted because there is so much creativity out there and on the other hand I am inspired to be more creative because fellow bloggers are so encouraging. I hope you have a great Spring sale. I have a friend in Solana Beach are you anywhere near there? Love Linda x.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Adding you to my sidebar so I don't miss a thing :)

Divine Theatre said...

Please come visit my post on my most recent shelter pet in need and enter my GIVEAWAY!

xoxo

atelier de campagne said...

To see some of these Style Industriel beauties "in the flesh" and more, come to our events, especially our container sale next weekend!! Check out our web site for details. Fresh container has arrived from the old world.

Trinidad, Johan & Martin

Burlap Luxe said...

I will be adding you to my side bar, Your site is who I am all about in this world of euro chic market finds.

I lived in Los Gatos for many years and would play in Santa Cruz often. I so miss the bay area and am so happy to have a new blog friend from such a beautiful part of California.

I will be back to take in more of your beauty.

Soulful photos to love!
xx
Dore

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Mike said...

The red table and chairs would look great fixed up. I also love the huge clock.

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