21 NOV 2011

Industrial Style

Industrial style isn't just for the factory floor. Check out some of the great spaces we found on our travels plus a few local favourites.

We're a big fan of industrial style and spaces. In Europe we fell in love with art galleries like London's Tate Modern, set in the Bankside Power Station towering over the Thames. Every space, outside and inside, is the perfect backdrop for the incredible collection. One of the highlights from our 12 days there was our visit to The Wapping Project restaurant. It utilises the industrial machinery already in the space, still covered in grease, as ornament to create a unique environment. Pristine white Panton chairs are the perfect complement to rusting, greasy steel where some of the world's most creative minds have contributed their ideas to make a public artwork. Minimal, functional surfaces contrast so well with luxe materials like steel, leather and chrome. New Zealand has a slightly smaller collection of industrial-cool spaces than style hotspots like London but we've seen some impressive takes on industrial cool. If you're in Auckland check out the sophistication of Britomart or intelligent cafe spaces like Good One, the Coffee Supreme Auckland headquarters. It's not surprising that we love industrial furniture. There are so many fantastic designed interpretations of everyday industrial items like the Jean Prouve Desk or the anglepoise lamp. Each works so well in an industrial setting or in a modern living space. This blog post is something of a wish-list of things we'd love to own, let us know whether we've missed out some of the industrial-cool that you love.

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