This zoned studio apartment is a really liveable space for a young single person or couple. It’s spacious and comfortable with each area delineated with the clever use of furniture and area rugs. The lofty ceiling is put to good use by the suspended pan rack, industrial-style pendant lights and mid-century inspired Flensted mobile.
All the furniture is thoughtfully chosen; an L-shaped sofa which pulls out to form an occasional bed when people are over to stay. The dining table & chairs are compact and beautifully designed and the free-standing kitchen island doubles as a breakfast bar and work surface. The vintage sideboard (or credenza as it would be called in New York where this apartment is located!) is such a flexible piece of furniture; bags of storage for all manner of things and the top is perfect for holding a music system or displaying treasured possessions.
- Flensted 124 Life & Thread mobile
- FRIHETEN corner sofa bed
- Dakota adjustable wood seat barstool
- FUSION dining table & chairs
- Vintage sideboard / credenza
- Caucasian Kazak rug
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Sommer Pyne’s funky home was used in the recently-aired McMafia series. When not hiring out her London home as a location, her day job is owner of homeware shop, House Curious and organises workshops in food, photography, styling and more.
Her basement bar has a vintage industrial vibe with a glamorous twist. It looks like the perfect place to either retreat to for a quiet post-work cocktail or to party with friends!
- Vintage ‘Tina’ print by J. H. Lynch
- Lightbox sign
- Custom-made satin brass bar top
- Oval silver plate tray
- Vintage amber apothecary bottles
- 76cm bar stools, black
Check out some more of the interiors we’ve featured in our Get their look series.
Get their look
Justin has brought home some lovely vintage industrial finds recently. Yesterday it was the turn of this amazing giant light bulb with white ceramic fitting.
The bulb that it’s photographed next to is quite large in itself, so you can see how huge it is. The filament inside looks undamaged, so we think it might actually work if we get the electricity back flowing to it. It’s probably worth going to the effort of re-wiring. The fitting has the original hook too – it would look really striking hanging down from a high ceiling on a long length of chain or vintage-style cord flex.
The day before, it was this vintage ICI tin. The orange logo against the blue background is very striking. And there’s no end of uses for a large tin!
Justin brought me home a present too – a big, blue metal letter A to add to my collection. ‘A’ might be for apple in most children’s books, but A is for Adelle too!!
Blue again! This time some old step ladders with original layers of paint – most recently a lovely duck egg blue. Not only are step ladders useful for doing chores, they also make for wonderful display or storage pieces – plants, bottles, towels (to name but three for which we’ve used them).
And last but not least, this gorgeous little metal carry box with really fabulous patina. Probably originally used for tools in a factory or workshop, there was little chance of this ever being sold – it was immediately re-purposed into our packaging box – holding tape, pens & pencils etc. It’s now an indispensable part of the H is for Home team!
These pieces display the simple, functional design associated with vintage industrial – and the wonderful patina often developed over time. And there’s another reason that we like them. We love the rather varied styles of country antiques and mid century modern. We find that a bit of vintage industrial really helps unite these different looks and eras.
We’ve got an amazing, quirky space for you in today’s ‘Get their look‘ post. If you’re a massive petrol head, there’s probably no better home for you than something like this California garage conversion. This is a space that enables you to live surrounded by your beloved cars, motorbikes and bicycles.
As you might expect from a converted garage, there’s a strong industrial feel, with its pair of huge motorised roller doors and bare rafters & beams. However, a mid-century modern vibe also shines through. It’s a very successful combination – industrial yet crisp & clean. What a wonderful looking and flexible home.
- HEKTAR dark grey pendant lamp
- NIUYAO pendant light 20 lights large sputnik chandelier
- Porsche 911 904 Rallye Monte Carlo 1965 race poster print
- Official gun range target practice poster
- Hot Mesh chair by Blu Dot
- Dutch industrial single shelving
- KALLAX shelving unit
We thought we’d highlight this fabulous vintage industrial storage unit that we’ve listed for sale today. It’s certainly a large, impressive piece!
It’s been living in our lounge recently. As you can see – if a storage or display unit sits still in our house for any amount of time, it starts to fill up with objects!
We bought it from one of the regular dealers at our local flea market. It’s constructed entirely of metal and very, very heavy. This is where we put it when it got delivered… as close to the front door as possible!
It’s a really useful unit with a combination of pigeon holes and drawers that can be placed in any configuration.
We think the metal has just the right amount of distress. Perfect vintage industrial condition – signs of wear, but not tatty. And the paint is original to the piece – and a nice mushroom brown colour.
It could be an ideal storage unit for almost any room in the house. As we said, we’ve had it in a lounge space where it’s great to display objects, keep CDs or books, tea-lights and so on – with keys, coins and all manner of bits & bobs hidden away in the drawers. It could be placed in a kitchen to house cooking equipment and ingredients; a work shop/craft room storing tools, bobbins, threads etc; perhaps an office space housing stationery… or a potting shed maybe – with various pots, seeds, twine and small garden tools. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an open plan loft space…well, we can’t imagine anything better.
We like it very much, but we did buy it to sell – and we moved something else out of the way to give it a temporary home… that needs to go back! Anyway, we’ve just listed it on eBay with a starting price of £299 which we think is reasonable. You’ll need someone with a van, trolley and strong arms to move it, but it could be the perfect thing!
This vintage industrial work-living space is the Moscow home of Ella and Nathan. The open plan space forms part of a converted sewing machine factory.
The light-filled apartment has a very practical and useful feature; a sliding screen door can be pulled across in front of the sofa, creating a bedroom in the space beyond – a very Japanese influence.
The fabric of the building provides an interesting backdrop. Muted background tones are lifted by pops of brighter colour such as book covers and fabulous yellow upholstery of a very comfortable looking reading chair.
- Ladderax shelving
- Industrial steel drum pendant light
- Mones dining chair by Homestead Living
- Silver travertine honed tiles
- STRANDMON wing chair and footstool
- Rustic balustrade handmade dining table with paint effect base
- Vintage Navajo rug / Native American wall hanging – 1930s/40s
A couple of weeks ago, we received a copy of issue #4 of Warehouse Home newspaper through the post. It was such a good read that we thought we’d give it a plug for any of you out there unfamiliar with the publication.
As the name suggests, the magazine is primarily aimed at those home owners residing in converted industrial buildings – old mills, factories, warehouses and the like. Although we live in an old stone cottage we found loads to interest us too.
Launched in October 2014, Warehouse Home is printed twice per year in June and November – and distributed to high-end homes in converted industrial buildings in many of the major cities in England & Scotland. Copies are also available at select hotels and interiors trade shows.
However, the online digital version is free to view/download from their website where ever in the world you are, so go take a browse if it looks like your kind of thing. We’ve embeded the current issue at the end of this post.
We were really impressed by the content – the variety and interesting subject matter in the articles, room staging, quality of photography, products featured and so on. It’s full of inspirational design ideas and spaces.
Also dotted through the magazine are advertisements for a range of companies specialising in what we’ll collectively call ‘vintage industrial style’ and an extensive directory of suppliers. Thanks to reading the magazine, we spent ages browsing the websites of the various shops and craftspeople too. Highly recommended!