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'Organic industrial interiors' might not be a technical design term, but it should be. I think it’s the perfect marriage between hard and soft, cold and warm. Visually, think about a cool loft with exposed brick or concrete walls and filling it with natural woods juxtaposed with hard metals.
Don’t live in a funky downtown loft? No sweat. What about creating an industrial chic space in your basement or even in the garage? Another way to incorporate the style would be to have concrete kitchen counters with wood cabinets. Here are some images to help you along. I love the idea of modern hanging pendant lights in metal cages dangling over soft flowers on a wood table.
Organic touches can also mean including nubby rugs and throws on top of stark floors and placing textural woven baskets on hard counters.
Believe it or not, lamps reflect organic materials when made from wood or have shades in natural linen. A huge trend is adjustable desk lamps in aged metal or wood finishes. Notice the play between the metal locker and woven basket and belts? So fantastic and so easy to achieve.
More than anything, organic industrial interiors are playful and balanced at the same time...which is what all good design schemes should achieve.
Shopping guide: 1. Set of 2 Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs 2. Arteriors Home Henson Wood and Iron Barstool 3. Industrial Cage Black Pendant Light 4. Cerno Silva Oiled Walnut and White LED Table Lamp 5. Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench
Photos: Decor 8.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.