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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