Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 5 - Industrial Chic

"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." Pablo Picasso. Rethinking the look of things has created a design style known as Industrial Chic. Is it ironic that factory fixtures that were once built out of the necessity to make someone's job more efficient have become items that bring joy into our homes? I think not, I believe that these items bring us joy because we love the story they have. We respect the origin and the relaxed feel it brings to our home environment in it's quiet way, almost a reverence.

Image Homeklondike

My Dad owned a mechanic's garage in the small town we lived in. I have two items from that garage that bring fond memories. One is a small weight with the number "5" stamped on it that he used as a door stop when fresh air was welcomed on hot summer work days. Here it is on a phython bar tray in our living room. The other is his cash register.

Image Willow Bee Inspired

Kind of falls in the same category as these accessories from Restoration Hardware.
Image Restoration Hardware

Images House Beautiful

Notice the industrial-inspired stools in the two images above. And industrial lighting creates a clean line in a kitchen while providing function in a utilitarian fashion.

Image Elle Decor

Image Unknown Source

Image Vanguard Furniture

I'm loving the shop cart adaptions to the interiors in the above images. And notice the accessories. Wooden cogs as art on the wall, a shop cart wheel on a stand, and the upcycled textile bin light is so clever.

Image House Beautiful

Image Restoration Hardware

I don't think I will ever tire of seeing subway scrolls.

Image All Saints Clothing, New York

This glass table in a New York clothing store filled with vintage wooden shoe molds is crazy love!

Image All Saints Clothing, Florida

And how awesome is the All Saints clothing store window with the vintage sewing machines? 

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