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Industrial Interior

Inspired by the New York loft apartments in disused factories, industrial décor has been consistently popular across the last few decades. But what is it, exactly? In short, it's a journey back to America of the 20s and 30s, in the midst of its industrial revolution. It takes us back to the factories, to Ford's machinery, to the prohibition…

It was during this time that furniture began to be produced in bulk in order to meet rising demand, and the materials used were raw and cold, with wood and steel in particular becoming most popular. Simplicity and functionality were prized, and embellishments were done away with. It was this pared back aesthetic that would later rise to prominence and win the hearts of designers for years to come.

Industrial style enjoyed something of a second wave in the 80s as a reaction against booming consumerism. First artists and then ordinary citizens began to invest in abandoned buildings (disused studios, factories, etc.) and move themselves in. The loft was widely recognised as a highly desirable living space and it was the inspiration for many architects and interior designers. Generally, they tried to maintain its original style, cultivating its unique charm by seeking out fittings that matched the raw state of the space.

In the 21st century industrial style continues to seduce designers and remains in high demand for interiors thanks in part to the modern quest for the real in a world that is often unbearably sterilised; we return time and again to objects and places that have a tangible sense of history. At first glance, industrial style appears easily achieved, but in fact it requires rigorous work: it's not enough to just throw together some black brushed furniture and a waxed concrete floor.


On the walls, its best to have brick, or failing that aged wallpaper or dark paint. For the colours, grey, brown, taupe or beige are your best options.

In the living room, there are certain indisputable must haves: a leather sofa, club chairs, one or two tables in raw wood, a large bookshelf and a vintage cabinet.  


You might even brighten up a corner with a recreation of a 1930s office, with a little desk and an articulated lamp.


Once the general décor is taken care of you'll want to complete the look according to a longstanding tradition of artist's lofts: modern artworks. So, how to choose a piece (or several!) to add an artsy flair to your interior?


Opt for minimalist works with clean lines and neutral colours; like greys, deep blues, and browns. Canvases from the likes of Sam Peacock or Gottfried Salzmann are a great example, because they conjure up the iconic New York skyline.


If you'd rather have a sculpture, be sure to go for raw materials like wood or steel. Or, if you prefer to play around with contrasts, you could choose a brightly coloured work to make a bold statement and bring your interior to life.


Sombre and chic, black and white photography remains elegant and timeless, and adds a touch of nostalgia to the otherwise raw style.


Alternatively, to guarantee a truly impeccable industrial style, street art will fit in perfectly. A fresco by JonOne or Jérôme Mesnager superimposed onto planks of wood will immediately lend a spark of character to your design.

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William David, Abhijat l'homme qui brille, Sculpture

William David

Abhijat l'homme qui brille, 2021
18.5 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,408

Jean-Marc Mariani, Yumbe, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Yumbe, 2016
19.7 x 5.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,323

Our recommendations Regina Gimenez, Mapa mudo, Painting

Regina Gimenez

Mapa mudo, 2014
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$8,428

Anna Kruszak, Dreaming of Nowa Huta, Painting

Anna Kruszak

Dreaming of Nowa Huta, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$963

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza), the end of the industrial era, the return of the eternal blacksmith., Sculpture

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza)

the end of the industrial era, the return of the eternal blacksmith., 2017
17.3 x 10.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,950 $2,167

Valerio Pellegrini, Noumeno, Photography

Valerio Pellegrini

Noumeno, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,084

Saf, Golden sparkles, Photography

Saf

Golden sparkles, 2020
331.1 x 468.1 inch
Photography

$1,667

Caz In The Machine, Industrial PinUp - 1, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Industrial PinUp - 1, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$698

Alexis, Fonte et Lumière, Photography

Alexis

Fonte et Lumière, 2014
16.9 x 24.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$951

Ride In Peace, La Ride, Sculpture

Ride In Peace

La Ride, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,418

Jérôme Mesnager, Buste Bleu, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

Buste Bleu, 2020
31.5 x 19.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,565

Leslie Berthet Laval, N°26 Industrial view, Painting

Leslie Berthet Laval

N°26 Industrial view, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$1,686

tizlu, The Robots, Painting

tizlu

The Robots, 2019
61 x 82.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$22,755 $25,283

Peter Klasen, Sortie de voiture/Cible, Painting

Peter Klasen

Sortie de voiture/Cible, 2005
57.5 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

JR, Inside out, Action in Kesennuma, Japan, Print

JR

Inside out, Action in Kesennuma, Japan, 2013
22 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,926

Zed, Flexo kisses, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo kisses, 2019
39.4 x 16.5 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,649

Le Diamantaire, Diamant Jade, Painting

Le Diamantaire

Diamant Jade, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,023

Arman, Le transistor, Print

Arman

Le transistor, 1971
25.8 x 19.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,084

Françoise Danel, #31, Painting

Françoise Danel

#31, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,899

Françoise Danel, Disque, Painting

Françoise Danel

Disque, 2016
57.5 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,899

Pierre Demonchaux, Convoyeur III (PDE24), Sculpture

Pierre Demonchaux

Convoyeur III (PDE24), 2015
35.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,625

Arman, Inside Story, Print

Arman

Inside Story, 1977
22 x 16.9 inch
Print

$470

Jean-Marc Mariani, Kalao, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Kalao, 1996
20.9 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,358

Logan Hicks, Life Line, Print

Logan Hicks

Life Line, 2010
34.5 x 44 inch
Print

$2,000

Guilherme Licurgo, Traffic, Ker, São Paulo/ Medium Size Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Traffic, Ker, São Paulo/ Medium Size Print, 2009
23 x 35 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

TieRi Trademark, Cujam, Sculpture

TieRi Trademark

Cujam, 2017
9.4 x 8.3 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$710

Gor Avetisyan, Red Box, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

Red Box, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$385

Andrzej Fogtt, Sky above Kuraszewo, Painting

Andrzej Fogtt

Sky above Kuraszewo, 2004
22.4 x 29.9 inch
Painting

$2,167

Tristan Marechal, Perspective Asie Imaginaire 2, Painting

Tristan Marechal

Perspective Asie Imaginaire 2, 2014
39.4 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$9,632

Tristan Marechal, Perspective Asie imaginaire 1, Painting

Tristan Marechal

Perspective Asie imaginaire 1, 2012
39.4 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$6,261

Isabelle Fournet, White S02, Painting

Isabelle Fournet

White S02, 2020
63 x 47.2 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,130

Ed Feingersh, Marilyn on the Roof, Photography

Ed Feingersh

Marilyn on the Roof, 2020
29.9 x 20.1 inch
Photography

$795

Regina Gimenez, Manufactures, Print

Regina Gimenez

Manufactures, 2000
28.7 x 20.1 x 0 inch
Print

$510

D-A Woisard, Docks - Sur le Pont, Photography

D-A Woisard

Docks - Sur le Pont, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$963

Alejandro Quincoces, Contraluz industrial en la ria a las dies de la manana, Painting

Alejandro Quincoces

Contraluz industrial en la ria a las dies de la manana, 2012
33.5 x 33.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$10,836

Daniela White, Tate Modern Extension, Print

Daniela White

Tate Modern Extension, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Print

$628

Bernard Reignier, Ombre et lumière, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Ombre et lumière, 2019
33.5 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$693

Garner, East Side Morning, Print

Garner

East Side Morning, 2016
13 x 19 x 0 inch
Print

$602

João Cardoso, Industrial Behaviour, Fine Art Drawings

João Cardoso

Industrial Behaviour, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,257

Nagsoul, Coastal burn, Fine Art Drawings

Nagsoul

Coastal burn, 2015
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,084

Valerio Pellegrini, Genesi, Photography

Valerio Pellegrini

Genesi, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,686

Dagor, Impulzus 007 Installation, Painting

Dagor

Impulzus 007 Installation, 2020
35 x 51.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$4,515

Jean-Marc Amigues, New York Sunrise, Painting

Jean-Marc Amigues

New York Sunrise, 2020
57.5 x 44.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,093

Ian Art, Chromatism_VI, Photography

Ian Art

Chromatism_VI, 2016
44.3 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$5,960

Ian Art, Chromatism_IV, Photography

Ian Art

Chromatism_IV, 2014
28.7 x 51.2 inch
Photography

$5,960

Franck Colle, L'éternel recommencement, Sculpture

Franck Colle

L'éternel recommencement, 2017
65.7 x 34.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,806

Ureta, GG white, Sculpture

Ureta

GG white, 2020
11 x 15 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$831

Teresa Pera, Calligrafies d'aigua: ST 9, Painting

Teresa Pera

Calligrafies d'aigua: ST 9, 2017
7.5 x 5.5 inch
Painting

$217

Airgone, Quai de Saône, Painting

Airgone

Quai de Saône, 2018
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$1,192

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza), Regression, Sculpture

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza)

Regression, 2019
14.4 x 18.1 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,047

Gregorio Siem, Variable Code 30, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Variable Code 30, 2019
9.8 x 41.3 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$6,140

Didier Fournet, NYC Sky Line Full Manhattan Hudson River, Photography

Didier Fournet

NYC Sky Line Full Manhattan Hudson River, 2018
35.4 x 106.3 x 2 inch
Photography

$8,723

Angela Wakefield, St Pauls London Looking East, Painting

Angela Wakefield

St Pauls London Looking East, 2018
48 x 60 x 2 inch
Painting

$34,886

Polo Garat, Sans titre, Photography

Polo Garat

Sans titre, 2017
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$4,093

Mathieu Puga, Paris année 0, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Paris année 0, 2020
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$601

Mathieu Puga, Paris année 0, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Paris année 0, 2020
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$601

Vincent Magni, Humanobile petit, Sculpture

Vincent Magni

Humanobile petit, 2010
51.2 x 15.7 x 14.6 inch
Sculpture

$5,538

Jean Carzou, 1957 Cheminée d'Usine Factory Chimney, Painting

Jean Carzou

1957 Cheminée d'Usine Factory Chimney, 1957
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.3 inch
Painting

$14,447

Guillaume Goutal, Principales cultures et industries de la Barbade en 1970 (détail), Print

Guillaume Goutal

Principales cultures et industries de la Barbade en 1970 (détail), 2016
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$361

Georges Saulterre, N°1097 Le Cantique de la Mécanique Psychique, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°1097 Le Cantique de la Mécanique Psychique, 2009
32.7 x 39.4 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$30,099

JonOne, Poetry In Motion, Print

JonOne

Poetry In Motion, 2018
8.7 x 10.2 inch
Print

Sold

Zed, Be cool 3 pièce unique style industriel, Sculpture

Zed

Be cool 3 pièce unique style industriel, 2016
17.7 x 10.6 x 13.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Sylvie Guyomard, Orogenèse XI (SG162), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Orogenèse XI (SG162), 2019
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Sylvie Guyomard, Orogenèse VI (SG122), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Orogenèse VI (SG122), 2018
29.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold

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