Guest Picks: Industrial Strength
Bring an industrial theme to your walls with this gorgeous vintage French poster for a sewing machine company.
I love this great multifunctional desk; it reminds me of vintage post office work stations. It’s perfect for a home office or craft room, as it offers lots of storage for odds and ends in addition to a work surface.
This 1940s vintage school clock would look great in a kitchen, where it can time how long the roast cooks rather than how long your math class is.
Give your home instant industrial-chic style with this set of vintage red faucet handles. Whether you display them on the wall or put them to more practical use (they would look great as handles in the kitchen), their weathered appeal will add character to any room.
With its handy little wheels, this vintage industrial metal stool easily goes from side table in one corner to seating in another in seconds flat.
Metal crates like this vintage dairy one are always an attractive way to store odds and ends. Or you can hang it on the wall as a shelf.
This 1920s industrial cast iron Gaurdi block table has loads of character. It’s perfect as a dining table, a desk or a multipurpose piece in a studio.
This midcentury Dutch shoeshine box is the perfect place to store all sorts of odds and ends, whether in a workshop, studio, kitchen or bedroom. I love that color!
Industrial style is all about rethinking how we use things. A vintage metal and wood ladder can also be a bedside library or a stand for baskets of towels and toiletries in the bathroom.
There’s a simplicity to the design of these 1940s vintage industrial dome pendant hanging lamps that’s very modern. One would be perfect suspended over a dining room table or in a hallway.
I’ve always loved vintage typing tables. This aluminum one would make a great bar cart, moveable kitchen work surface or storage for art supplies in a studio.
This vintage aluminum fishing net float from Spain would look great as cottage decor, perhaps propping up a few books on sailing.
I love old wood shipping boxes like this one, a 1930s typewriter shipping crate. It’s perfect for storing home office files, toys, firewood, bathroom towels and more.
A 1960s farm machinery gear finds new life as a candleholder — a great example of thinking outside the box!
I love the way this vintage glass battery jar is being used as a terrarium. So clever.
One of the great things about industrial style is that there’s always a story behind each piece. In this case, it’s a 1930s ship’s galley folding bench. You can definitely re-create the look yourself, though, if you’re on a budget.
Add a jaunty air to your desk with this vintage nautical ruler — and then daydream an ocean voyage while you’re there too.
This vintage enamel industrial cart would look fantastic as a bedside table or in a hall or living room. That red color is great.
This vintage metal printer’s stool has a great patina. It’s surprisingly delicate in design too.
I love the delicate diagonal lines of this 1920s industrial painter’s stand. It would be perfect as a night table, or for displaying a few special objects in a hallway or living room.Next: Design Workshop: Put Industrial Mesh to Work Around the Home