Imagine walking into a space that can convert itself to your convenience! Your home could convert into an office space, studio and so much more. Take the ‘The Collapsible Rise’ for instance. It’s a table that can be conveniently cracked to the height of a console; got down to the height of an office table/dining table, and could also serve as a coffee table. The fitment is sturdy enough to be able to tote a little over 100 kgs. Team that with rustic-looking stool, A Vintage Bar tale that could be adjusted to the height of a bar chair and everything in between. The strength of the chair is underlined by the overpowering presence of the cast iron base. The design on a cast iron base inspired by the intricate ways of the renaissance era. The details on the base of the chair are explicit and awe-inspiring.
And, if space is the issue, these pieces of furniture can be neatly stacked away in a corner. Such is the nature of Industrial furniture. They are sturdy, durable, versatile, and stackable.
Industrial furniture is a very nascent concept (it’s less than a century old). The aesthetics of design are inspired by the Industrial revolution that took place in Europe and America anytime between the 1920’s and 50’s. The factory mechanism eroded with time, as demands plumed. There was an urgent need to replace the old mechanism, with newer machines, that to keep up with the surging market demands.
Designers used the aesthetics of the old factory mechanism and incorporated it into furniture. The seemingly bulky mechanism propels functionality and durability and versatility, which was pretty much the need of the hour. Some of these industrial outfits have been dated by manufacturers, uniquely marking them as vintage. Its aesthetics combine an array of media including solid wood, cast iron, and leather (Which in most cases are reclaimed).
- The furniture is often multi-functional and stackable. Durability and versatility are the mainstay of these fitments.
- The colours incorporated in these furnitures are often natural or rustic earthy tones of brown, beige, black, venge, or rarely sometimes the tones of burnt Sienna. However, at most times designers prefer sticking to the natural tone of the wood itself.
- Connoisseurs of Industrial furniture seem to fall in love with the dated look. Hence very often certain chemicals are applied to impart a rusted edge or even give an antique finish.
- It must be noted that since Industrial furniture often incorporates the use of reclaimed media, The media goes through a rigorous sanitization and cleaning process before the finished product is put to use. This means all the rusted particles, and old nuts and screws are restored with new ones. Even the leather goes through a cleaning process before being used.
The School of Modernism
While the above paragraphs give us vivid insight on the aesthetics of industrial furniture. There is another aspect to industrial furniture, which is termed as MODERN INDUSTRIAL FURNITURE that needs to be looked into. As the name suggests, Industrial furniture juxtaposed with modern elements of design will be termed as ‘Modern Industrial Furniture’. Modern art witnessed its birth in the early 19th century. The art is fuss-free, simple, and underlined by the incorporation of clean lines and cuts. Modern furniture seeks inspiration from modern art. Its ideally suited for the lifestyle of a modern way individual, who clearly steers away from the fuss and ornate leanings of the renaissance era. One may stumble across an array of colours while choosing modern furniture. But the design is simply minimalistic, and functional all the same.
The Merry Melange
MODERN INDUSTRIAL FURNITURE speaks of the beautiful rendezvous of Industrial aesthetics that coupled with varying insights from the modern school of art. The furniture is practical and ideally suited for the modern matchbox-style homes that most of us live in today. The juxtaposition is must appreciated and cherished by ardent art connoisseurs and simple end-users. The furniture evolves from strength to strength owing to its reclaimed properties and the nature of the media used. Take ‘Jack Needs’ for instance, it is a drafting table from the Green Territory collection. The table is crafted using reclaimed teak wood and a cast iron base. The design is simple and fuss-free, and can blend well into any metropolitan home. The table is complete with height adjusting properties, and the top of the table can be adjusted to slant suitably. Hence the same can be used by an artist, student, or by anyone who’d simply want to use the fitment as a workstation. The Modern Industrial furniture is a timeless soirée, that can easily blend into any decor type. With just a few amends the piece is as good as new.