Buyer's Guide to Industrial Furniture

With a focus on the stripped-down and angular nature of industry and its utilitarian designs, industrial furniture can present a novel contrast to many of the more common furniture styles we see in homes today.

Taking inspiration from factories, machinery, and industrial processes, the look features metals and woods, often in dark tones, finished with strict lines and forms. Touches such as exposed hardware, and pieces that look like they’ve come straight from a machine are common. 

The ‘no-nonsense’ aesthetics of the designs can be really refreshing when used right -  it’s definitely the opposite of chintzy!

 


Types of Industrial Furniture

Even for such a stripped-down aesthetic, the Industrial style can vary quite a lot. Some styles are quite bare, with economy of form, while others feature interesting takes on a factory feel, with a bit more liberty of form, and even a bit of a sense of humour.

 


Choose the right style and size

You first thought, as with any furniture, should be of where the item will be used, and what furniture will be placed alongside it. Industrial styles work great within a general ‘loft’ theme, but can be mixed and matched with other, more naturalistic looks for a nice contrast.

The Brunel table, for instance, would work great on unfinished wooden floors, in a minimalist room, or alongside lighter furniture with more freedom of form.

While the forms and colours of Industrial furniture can be quite restrained, the look still has quite a dominant feel, which needs to be balanced with more natural colours and lines if it’s not to become imposing. Add upholstered furniture or decor as a counterpoint to the solid forms of industrial furniture.

 


Which Industrial Furniture to Buy

Go for a bold ‘German factory canteen’ feel in your dining room with our Brunel table, using either a bench or chairs. The bare metal, defined lines, and exposed hardware make a strong statement in any situation.

District Eight have a good selection of Industrial products with a slightly more jovial feel. Using reclaimed factory parts, they have an air of vintage authenticity, and make a solid addition to any set up. Try their stools for your office or breakfast bar, or combine them with the Brunel table for a really cohesive statement. Add a little movable storage space with their shelves, or make a statement with their coffee tables.

 


Eco Credentials?

Given the materials used and the style of Industrial Furniture, there are good opportunities for products to be made of reclaimed materials. The range from District Eight is fabricated using reclaimed machine parts and woods, giving a unique vintage twist to the style.

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