A complete guide to the Industrial style

Posted by Nicola Ferlei-Brown on 23rd Sep 2022

A complete guide to the Industrial style

A complete guide to the Industrial style

If you love the look of industrial style interiors and industrial design, read on…

Industrial design: It’s all about function and form

The history of industrial design dates back to the 1700s when the industrial revolution had just begun in Britain, redefining architecture and having a major influence on the development of modern design. New materials were made available in large quantities like iron and steel, and steam trains and transport systems started to carry heavy goods to serve the rapid growth of the industry.

Out of this grew new designs for the later industrial age, in favour of simplicity and function, ultimately leading the way for pioneers of modernist architecture in the 1900s.

Industrial interiors

Industrial design in residential interiors is, in short, understated, less polished, unfinished surfaces, and raw, edgy, geometric forms. With items originally found in industrial settings such as factories and warehouses. Industrial materials like metals, with unique patinas, textures and distressed finishes, brick, concrete, steel, and bare bulb lighting, have been recycled as well as remanufactured for modern-day living.

At Out and Out, we have expanded our collections and collaborated with international designers for our exclusive industrial-inspired furniture line.

The District 8 range

This District 8 Oak Adjustable Stool is made of the highest quality by District Eight's team of specialised craftsmen.

The hand braised metal joinery, original cast iron collars, stained weathered oak wood adjustable seat and pressed steel adjustable backrest, creates something truly original.

District 8 Design sources its cast iron from imported vintage machine parts, primarily Japanese weaving looms. All castings are produced from 100% authentic recycled material, which is then electrochemically treated against corrosion, blackened, waxed and oiled to give each piece its own individuality. Any imperfections add to the authenticity, it’s modern industrial chic at its finest.

Less is more

Industrial-style furniture objects are so beautiful, they speak for themselves, as striking eye-catching centrepieces within a room. For this reason, they look best paired back in an uncluttered space. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe sums it up, as he famously said: “Less is more”.

If you are looking for an infusion of colour, then go for this Briggs Green Bar Stool, another fabulous item from the District 8 collection, with a hand-carved adjustable lightly oiled oak seat. We love the oversized bolt that connects the wooden seat to the hardened steel frame, as a highlighted feature. This bar stool looks great on its own, or at a table in a modern kitchen or dining room, and or as a contrast against other painted industrial surfaces and bright colours.

Washington Grey Console Table

Every good industrial interior needs a good industrial table. Look for unique, quirky one-off pieces, such as the dark grey Washington Grey Console Table 115cm. The powder-coated metal legs of this long hallway table extend outwards, giving a bespoke feel.

Part of our contemporary-inspired Washington collection, this is a measurement savvy option for tight narrow spaces, measuring 115cm in length, 35cm wide and 75cm in length. Ideal for displaying photos or beautiful artwork.

Scottsdale Oak Dining Table

A great option, ideal for an open plan setting, is the Scottsdale Oak Dining Table 180cm, a gorgeous industrial-inspired oak veneer table dining table with birch legs, comfortably seating six people. A simple, classic design, it has both the architectural visual element of the cross-over table legs and the rustic warmth of the oak veneer table top.

Shelton Oak Dining Table

Similar to the Scottsdale, the Shelton Oak Dining Table 180cm seats six, and is all about clean lines and industrial-inspired table legs. Finished with a UV lacquer, it ensures expert protection against light, allowing your table to maintain a high-quality finish. A great blank canvas to display paired back grey chairs, or bold statement dining chairs.

Alba Industrial Round Side Table

The Alba Industrial Round Side Table is great if you want to introduce industrial style to your living room. Its intricate webbed iron frame, fuses nicely against other materials, alongside a wooden or marble table.

How to achieve the look in a room

Industrial and architectural design elements used in interior design, look good and softened with worn-in fabrics, e.g. an old leather chair, rugs, and layers of interesting textures and ‘unfinished’ surfaces. By default, these pieces fit in with small spaces or larger loft warehouse-style interiors. 

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