Using items at home with an industrial past is becoming more and more common. Why? In addition to good strong lines, durable materials and no-nonsense shapes, industrial items are built to last, to take a beating and their patinas improve with age.
Have you noticed how kitchens
have been embracing the industrial aesthetic? As a pop culture junkie, I credit the current fascination with cooking and chefs these days. Vendors like GE sponsor their television shows and their appliances are showcased. Thus, people want these restaurant-quality appliances at home for their strong looks and quality, and most importantly, because Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver uses one.
Remember how the real estate shows used to tout granite or his and her sinks? Now it's all about the number of burners. Eight? Seriously? Which EIGHT THINGS are you going to have simmering at the same time?
Furthermore, interior designers are always looking to do something new and different, and tapping into restaurant suppliers for utilitarian shelves, countertops and appliances is a great way to do that. This whole trend probably started when lofts started to become so popular - the industrial kitchen aesthetic works well in a raw, open space with a history of industry of its own. In addition to their great looks, industrial finishes are practical; they let serious cooks wipe stains right off - no muss, no fuss, no red wine bottle circle on Carrera marble.
Think about adding just a dash of industrial chic into your kitchen. A crusty French industrial pendant or aluminum vintage cafe stools can add the perfect amount of character.