A New York City industrial loft was redesigned as a live-work space for a photographer. An entry vestibule leads to a reception area for clients. The walk-in closet connects to a bedroom. American white oak planks are used for the flooring, cabinetry and wall paneling in the minimalist space. The project by Desai Chia Architecture won a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for interior architecture.
The Noho Duplex in New York City has street level entry. With the windows on the front exterior of the space, this left little room for privacy in the home's previous design. The homeowners wanted an industrial feel for their home, so they wanted to stick with a more modern design and didn't want the clutter of having to hang curtains to get privacy, so designers created a two-fold privacy plan. First, they replaced the homes existing windows with frosted paned windows to obscure the view from the street. Then, they added custom fabricated, full height, glazed steel bi-fold doors with frosted glass panels to create a sort of "foyer" in the space. These doors are retractable, so once the family is in for they night, they can fold up the doors and enjoy the open spaces in their home.
Architect Adam Kalkin, co-founder of Industrial Zombie, has made a name for himself by taking shipping container design to the next level. Bunny Lane in rural New Jersey is a real mind blower, as it looks as though a shipping container swallowed a traditional house. The latter is a replica of a 19th-century cottage, complete with a porch, and could easily exist as a stand-alone structure. Unlike, say, a museum exhibit, both spaces are furnished and easily flow into each other. In another trippy twist, there’s even a three-story wall of nine cube-shaped rooms (glassed in), creating a real-life dollhouse effect.
Before the renovation, this loft was cluttered with a limiting layout and the homeowner's business papers scattered around the space. Now, the layout of the room is much more functional. The blue accent wall creates a focal point in the living area of this rustic loft, while the whitewashed cabinet softens the bold, blue color and serves as a functional storage piece for supplies and papers. In the center of the space, the coffee table perfectly fits the design, providing a versatile space for work and play. To help connect the living space with the adjoining master suite, an industrial pendant light and airy curtain give these loft spaces seamless cohesion.
The 21c Museum Hotel of Oklahoma City was built in 1916 as a Ford Motor Company plant, but was later purchased and redesigned by 21c and architect Deborah Berke Partners to create a contemporary interpretation of the building’s industrial heritage. Repurposed materials such as tables made from reclaimed pine, chairs of recycled plastic and neutral hues, with pops of primary colors, span throughout the hotel into the bedrooms.
As part of the McIntyre home transformation in Atlanta, GA, licensed contractor Chip Wade included a pullout pantry for ample storage, an expanding kitchen table for increased seating and a buffet style kitchen layout for prep, cooking and easy cleaning. Many elements were added for ease of use including this expandable table. The design aesthetic mimicked a sleek industrial kitchen, but added natural and warm elements like the tree trunk sink, wood table and brick floors. The transformation also includes open seating area to host family and church members, as seen on DIY Network's Elbow Room.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott designed this living room to match the homeowner’s bright personality. The original cement flooring was stained a warmer color and dark gray paint was added to the walls, while the one wood-clad wall was kept as a feature. The large metal storage unit resembles an old set of lockers, which brings an industrial feel to the space. Two vintage side chairs and an old leather sofa were reupholstered in bright colors and prints, and a star-shaped light bulb installation was mounted on the wall as a finishing touch.
Once a raw, industrial space, designers brought in glitzy design details to create a unique residential space. First, they raised the ceilings from eight foot to nearly eleven, creating a more dramatic space. Then, they installed a luxurious black and white tile floor and complimentary copper pendant lights that became the focal point of the space. Finally, they brought in rich, leather furniture and installed a glamorous wet bar to the space.
Favorite feature: The lighting, which is a custom installation of multiple pendants sourced on Ebay, is definitely what catches most people's eye —it’s the conversation starter that gets all the compliments. That design element set against the truly amazing view of the Long Island Sound and the New York City skyline make for a stunning visual. The custom bar is also exceptional with its luxurious materials, from the antique mirror in the back to the exotic wood cabinetry and beautiful Saint Laurent marble on the counter.
As rough-hewn and industrial as some loft spaces can be, there’s still ample opportunity to introduce spaces rich in refined style, as designer Hannah Crowell did in this eclectic dining room. “This was a new build that I wanted to give depth and character, so I chose a charcoal grey that pulled a slight bit of purple. I wanted to mix modern pieces (the Wegner chairs) with a farm table and Bryan Nash Gill prints. The Patterson Flynn and Martin rug was custom and took us 6 months to make but it pulled everything together perfectly.”
A clever use of a small footprint, designer Kristina Crestin came up with the idea to put a queen sized bed together with a twin bunk bed, thinking a family could fit into the small space. To the right of the queen bed, a closet holds essential storage. Black pipe fittings provide a safety component to the twin bed, but also add a little industrial flair.
A budget-friendly pine V-groove in a semi opaque wash on a warm grey was chosen for the walls so they wouldn't compete with the barn board ceiling.
The guest room was a great space to have a little fun, pairing some fun, white animal heads with a found vintage chair. Layering elements to add to the story of the space.