What it is… Picture the set from “New Girl”… loft apartment with exposed brick walls and pipes, large windows, and an eclectic mix of wood, metal, painted furniture, leather and fabric. Pieces of furniture tend to be streamlined, vintage and/or sometimes distressed. Exposed lighting, vintage wheels, and second-hand accent pieces — a lack of pretension and the visual appeal that lies within utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back architecture and salvaged objects. You’re as likely to find industrial décor within the walls of a multimillion-dollar mansion as in a converted loft in a gritty part of town.
Why it Works… There’s a hardworking, proletarian quality about industrial style that resonates, and because it celebrates humble materials, it can be as affordable as you need it to be. Pared back to the essentials, it showcases the beautiful interplay between pure form and function. It’s unassuming, comfortable in its own skin and all the more chic for it.
You’ll Love It If… You’re allergic to big-box furniture stores. Your favorite shops are local and use sustainable goods… or a salvage yard. Your classmates wore neon and Keds; you paired steel-toed boots with vintage dresses. You saw Factory Girl for its title alone. You had cinder-block shelving well beyond your student days. Steampunk fashion is not just for the movies, but can be also be in your living room.