One of the latest trends in commercial fitouts is the Industrial style. With many inner city factories and basements being made available due to climbing rental prices, countless restaurants and cafes are making the most of their rugged internal appearance, and capitalising on the beautiful exposed rafters and existing brickwork for an authentic 'lived in' look . In this instance, the more worn away and rough, the better. It is no surprise that designers are taking the existing framework of old spaces into consideration and working them intricately into their plans for a total wow factor!
Salvaged furniture, matching or not, is also an extremely popular choice in terms of decor. The key is to vary your selection as much as possible. Unity and structure will only make a space appear lifeless and bare. If this is not an option, there are many furniture and industrial design companies manufacturing replica furniture from the industrial and modernist periods.
Retaining factory lighting is essential. Whether you choose to have exposed light bulbs and cables or rustic metal lamp shades, this element is pivotal in retaining the industrial essence of the space.
Converted warehouses are excellent in terms of acoustics. They carry sound well due to their old world build materials, which generally have excellent thermal properties, and high ceilings. From time to time, these spaces have the tendency to echo sound if too many areas remain bare. The best way to combat this is to ensure an equal ratio of exposed surfaces and soft furnishings.
Matching furniture in industrial themes spaces is relativity easy. You are also able to fuse old and new objects together to create a neo-rustic feel.
Aside from being totally aesthetically pleasing, industrial kitchens are, above all, extremely practical and can cater to a large range of budgets. Beautifully made precast furniture as you can see in this picture, pays homage to the teaching of the Bauhaus school and architects. Prefabricated, raw and unaltered material finishes scream Modernism.
You are able to mix a myriad of different textures together to form one complete look; steel, glass, wood, plastic, exposed brick and even fabric. The options are limitless. Make sure you play with colours too. The biggest mistake designers make is sticking to a limited colour palette; this will only make your space appear dark and lifeless. Given the backdrop of the space is neutral, you have the ability to let your creative license run wild.
Tell us about what you think of the industrial look. Is this a theme you would adopt for your next commercial project?