FROM INDUSTRIAL DESIGN THROUGH VINTAGE TO SHABBY CHIC.

Nostalgic, practical and yet contemporary, the Industrial design is a very stable and authentic interior decoration style and is currently more popular than ever. Hardly a furniture store has no piece of this style in its range. Industrial is winningly simple, clean and timeless, with focus on function and hint of patina. This furniture looks like it has just been stolen from an abandoned factory or an old warehouse. This is quite close to the true.

Industrial style has arisen on New York art scene. The artists were attracted by the low rents of empty factories that could be used as a residence and a studio simultaneously. Much of the machinery and equipment could be easily transformed into furniture. The attraction was the fact to turn unused objects into something useful, to some inventive and custom furniture piece, to create unusual furniture whose original purpose was different. They were inspired and created still more furniture that matched the existing style. The direction of the Functional Industrial design has been created. The focus is on the function of the furniture, because it is intended to serve the everyday use. The deserted factories have graced the style with features nowadays perceived as classically attributed to Industrial: rough ceilings, exposed brick walls, pipes and wires, unvarnished wood and welded metal.

In contrast to the Industrial design Vintage is not much based on the functionality, rather on the historical background. Vintage has been born inspired by typical possessions of the upper class: opulent armchairs, pillows and velvet curtains. Artists set up their homes in the style of manor houses faded over time. The furniture looked no longer expensive rather worn out. So Shabby-Chic has arisen. It’s all about worn textures, distressed furnishing and rustic look. Today, it is increasingly popular to integrate a piece of history in your décor alongside with the purchase of new furniture. Ancient things give us a comfort feeling and can tell a story. Some run about flea markets looking for a genuine antique, the others choose from a wide range from distressed pieces furniture retailers offer following the great demand for the style.

The most compelling trend is an ingenious entwinement of Industrial and Shabby-Chic: interspersing of vintage elements will beneficially soften strict lines and cool monotony of Industrial. Not to overdo the golden rule of 80/20 should be followed, meaning one style will be dominating and the other complementary. Stay open to experiments and have fun decorating!