Industrial furnishing was born in the 1950s in New York, with the recovery of abandoned spaces that were previously used to house large industries. It gradually became popular thanks to American films and Pop Art led by Andy Warhol and his Factory.
Since then, old warehouses and stores have been used as homes: lofts and open spaces perfectly imitate these industrial spaces.
It is characterised by a design based on clean, essential lines to make the furniture as functional as possible.
Both have a “grunge charm” that allows them to be placed in any environment: from the living room to the kitchen or the bedroom.
A few more details to better understand the industrial style:
– The floors are usually made with an industrial resin or polished concrete, so as not to have any joints and give a sense of continuity to the space.
– The perimeter walls are left unfinished, with a preference for light-coloured plaster in shades of white, cream, dove grey or with exposed bricks. Furniture or lamps made of metal are reminiscent of industrial furniture, but fabrics for the sofa or bed can also fulfil this function, if they are in grey.
– Ferrous metals are clearly the most popular, but to avoid making the room cold, wood and copper are also very suitable.
– Light is very important here, as it can lighten the atmosphere as metal furniture can be visually heavy. In order to be able to give light to large rooms, large windows with a simple style are needed.
Alternatively, large floor lamps or spotlights should be used, alternating with pendant lights, the wires of which must be clearly visible to perfectly resemble the “shape of a factory”.
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