The word “vintage” has a special connotation in the world of interior design, but what does it mean when people refer to old and vintage industrial furniture? It seems to be an overall term encompassing a range of products or designs from decades ago that are considered by many to be antique or vintage in character. There are certain products or designs which have achieved a level of popularity, esteem or reputation which means they are passed on from generation to generation within a particular industry or society. Other products may simply be highly prized for their aesthetic or historical value, which may have only been appreciated since the last century or so.
Vintage industrial furniture is usually highly decorative and designed to be highly functional, but with an added decorative element. Many times this furniture was built to be highly productive and efficient but was also designed to be aesthetically appealing as well as highly functional. This can be seen in early examples of industrial furniture such as the lathe or table which were created during the 18th century. Such pieces of machinery were designed for heavy duty use in heavy industrial work, such as the assembly of large-scale furniture.
Industrial furniture was designed with large amounts of space available to achieve great efficiency and productivity. This is shown in the designs of desks and tables, which were built in large production lines. This enabled them to accommodate hundreds of workers, many of whom were specialists in one field or another. This enabled production to move quickly and efficiently on a daily basis which in turn maximised profits and productivity levels. In fact, such fast moving and efficient manufacturing techniques were responsible for the onset of the Industrial Revolution in England which led to the development of many new industries and business structures.
There are two main types of vintage industrial furniture which include furniture made from steel or wood and fabrics. Steel is still used extensively for components such as nuts, bolts, nails and so on. Wooden components such as desks and tables are often made from a combination of wood and metal to create strong, robust designs. Both types have their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to use and maintenance.
Steel furniture is often considered the safer option due to its heavy build. However, it is also often more expensive to produce due to the material and labour involved. This has led to a younger generation turning to vintage industrial furniture to create their own designs and constructions.
Fabric furniture is designed to be much more versatile and is commonly used for many different types of applications. With the advent of newer, lighter materials, fabric furniture is no longer restricted to just linens and bedding but can now be found in all sorts of forms such as tables, chairs, storage units and so forth. Many modern day fabrics are able to withstand high heat and use while some still cannot.
When it comes to upkeep and care, many people prefer to create their own vintage industrial furniture. There are a number of different techniques which can be used with this type of furniture. Some of the most common ways to make it last and hold its value is by using protective sealants on the fabrics and avoid water damage. You should also avoid placing any heavy objects on top of the items as they can cause it to sag. Once you have finished using it for a number of years, it is important that you repaint it to ensure that it retains its new look.
If you are looking to invest in some vintage industrial furniture then there are a number of places where you can find them. The two main places are online auction sites and through local antique shops. With some of the older designs you may need to take some time to carefully assess the condition of the items before you purchase. Be sure that any vintage industrial furniture you buy is covered by a warranty. Many times these types of items are known to be made from a mixture of different materials that can affect the longevity of your purchase.