Also known as steam punk, industrial loft, industrial chic, and modern industrial furniture, industrial style furniture focuses on form and function, while letting unexpected and exciting elements shine.
The Origins of Industrial Style Furniture
Industrial style furniture has a rich history that dates back to Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Designed to support shifts in factory manufacturing processes and how employees worked, industrial style furniture was built to be simple, easy to mass produce, and durable enough to withstand harsh factory conditions.
The style all but disappeared in the workplace by the 1970’s as factory jobs began to decline and office furniture evolved to suit modern office spaces.
However, in the 2000’s, as consumers began searching for functional, repurposed furniture with clean lines, industrial style furniture with its union of minimal design with a slightly worn feel and a raw, unfinished look, became sought after.
Characteristics of Industrial Style Furniture
Clean, minimal design.
Wood, aluminum, iron, steel, tin, stone and copper with a worn look.
Juxtaposition of materials such as wood with metal, salvaged or recycled materials.
Influenced by furniture designed for factories during industrial revolution or loft-like look of warehouses and factories.
Upholstered furniture features natural textures and neutral colors.
Industrial furniture offers strong clean lines with no excess. This modern design style typically combines solid wood with metal accents for a repurposed or upcycled look. Part of the appeal of the style lays in its aged look, that adds to the beauty of its basic, strong structure. Re-purposed materials are a popular choice for making industrial design furniture because of the earthy raw look that it produces.
Incorporating Industrial Style Furniture into Your Home
Perfect for urban apartments and loft living, industrial style furniture especially stands out in open floor plans thanks to features like unique details and worn materials that are meant to be seen.
However, this environmentally conscious and flexible style can be mixed with a variety of design styles. For example, furniture that combines wrought iron and steel accents or reclaimed items paired with unfinished natural wood will create statement pieces that contribute beautifully to a contemporary or mid-century modern home.
Go all out or choose to display only a few industrial-inspired elements.
Look for reclaimed/rustic styles, vintage pieces or items with a worn look and feel.
Find pieces that combine elements like rustic wood and metal.
Create an industrial-inspired wall with barn doors.
Embrace eclectic style.
Opt for a neutral color scheme.
Amish made furniture supports industrial style with ease, featuring solid wood options that will make a lasting impression. Start browsing our selection of industrial living room, bedroom and dining room furniture, as well as industrial décor below.