The Popularity Behind Vintage Industrial Decor
Vintage industrial decor is a wonderful way to add that nostalgic appeal to your office or home. Many older industrial designs were produced with heavy machinery and low quality materials, which often made them uncomfortable to work in and impossible to look after. However, with careful planning and the right accessories you can bring to life this interesting aspect of industrial design.
In the 1960’s concept cars adorned with signs, graffiti and chrome plated bodies oozed out from the wild side of the automotive industry. Much of this was driven by the automotive company Diesler. Their success led to the production of a wide range of hot rods, which, like their vehicles, were highly streamlined and created a sporty look. They also had classic designs such as the wedge hooded hot rod, and the gull winged hardtop model. These were followed by grille guards, side skirts, fog lights, front bumper guards and grille guards and rear vents.
One of the most popular themes for industrial decor was German metalwork. There was an abundance of this style during the 60’s and it was often reproduced in brick colours. Bright reds, pinks and blues were popular with the large numbers of metalworkers producing these works of art. A striking feature was the large wheels often incorporated into the design. These often incorporated dual wheels, four-wheel discs and hubcaps, all featuring metal bars which radiated from the central part of the wheel.
Wire decor was popular throughout the 1960’s. This was often created with galvanised steel to create the intricate patterns. This was a great way to add some rugged glamour to a room as the combination of wire and steel was stunning. Wire decor was often used on desks, shelving units, bookcases and other items in a study. The simple rustic look was extremely versatile as well as practical.
There was also a great deal of emphasis on etched glass. As industrial production increased so did the need for engineers who could utilise these tools to help create intricate designs. Glass etched designs were extremely popular and often made from metal alloys. Examples of this would include pinstripe, foil and frosted glass designs.
Tin ceilings were popular during the 1950’s. They had an incredibly fine sheen and as such were perfect for the modern minimalist look. Tin ceiling installation wasn’t always as simple as it might have been. Sometimes extra care was required to ensure the correct fit. Metal work was particularly tricky, as once the tin was hot it was often prone to corrosion.
Often when looking at old industrial decor you will find that the atmosphere is cheery and light. This was a common theme across the board and was brought about by the prevalence of fluorescent lighting. Many industrial workplaces had fluorescent lights available as this was the cheapest form of lighting at the time and resulted in the bright and cheery look we associate with industrial decor today.
The fact that the look was often bright and cheerful was also brought about by the widespread use of white goods. White goods were simple to produce and often showered across the room, giving it a bright and airy feel. They are also very easily recognisable. Varying textures and fabrics were often used in their manufacture and this gave them a unique look. White industrial decor is still popular today and can be found in a huge variety of settings.
Another big feature of industrial furniture was the habit of placing large numbers of machines alongside one another. Industrial furniture is often synonymous with large and bulky items and this is down to the fact that they were intended for long term use. They were made from strong materials and were robust in construction. As such they often had to be bolted together so that the pieces would have the correct bearing capacity.
In line with this, industrial furniture was often left unattended. As a result, these pieces often had loose or missing fittings which would cause them to become damaged quickly. Once again, they were put together by teams of workers who were often on holiday. As such, they were far from perfect. However, despite their faults industrial furniture did come highly recommended as the looks would be matched only by the quality and strength of the finished product.
The style of industrial decor was also determined by the type of products that were to be produced. If something was to be made using heavy machinery, it was often required to make do with stronger materials and products. Therefore, it was common to see industrial units that were designed for use with big machines. As such, the industrial look was often associated with those types of products. From food processing through to fabricating and manufacturing, there was no limit to the items that could be produced and left to sit in any industrial environment. As such, this look has remained popular for decades and is still a big hit with those looking to create a striking look in their own home.