2015 AW Design Trends – Industrial Revolution

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Posted

With the birth of new machines and the up-cycling of old the Industrial Revolution trend takes use to industrial crafts which see a juxtaposition between digital and analogue. It focuses on, and is inspired by, variable systems, improvisation of forms and design by intuition.

Soft fabrics are being used in conjunction with heavy metal frames, giving an organic industrial look. We're talking seriously heavy metal, rubber and other materials that are typically used on an industrial scale. These are accompanied and complimented with finishes inspired by tar, asphalt, soot and grease, resulting in greys and blacks being the most dominant colour schemes. For accessories think along the lines of metal shopping trolleys and bird cages. Large industrial living space with with sitting area in the distance and dining table in the foreground

Architecture Art Designs

Industrial lofts are the ideal style of living space to use the Industrial Revolution trend.

Think of up-cycling and recycling heavy, chunky wood, add some heavy metal via accessories and usable kitchenalia, such as saucepans, to achieve the look. Modern office and living space with dark orange sofa and sliding floor to ceiling industrial door

Lofty Finds

Step outside of the typical 'box' by using heavy metal sliding doors, expose brickwork and minimal amounts of furniture. Industrial bedroom with office desk suspended above the head of the bed to save space

Cain and Markus

Go warehouse style. Accentuate the ceiling height by using a statement headboard – covered with soft fabric. Leave steel girders in-situ (they make fabulous shelving), strip back flooring to bare boards or concrete. Industrial living room with seating area and exposed cream metal support beams

Design For Life

The Industrial Revolution trend doesn't mean you have to go without comfort. Deep seated Chesterfield sofas, or a mismatch of comfy chairs will be ideal. Modern black and cream kitchen area with polished surfaces and lots of silver surfaces and pans

Chicago Mag

This trend is well suited to contemporary homes, where polished metallic surfaces, concrete and reclaimed wood can sit stylishly side-by-side. Contemporary industrial library with winding staircase and bookshelves on a mezzanine


If you thought steel and metal were only for floors, girders etc. think again! Steel walls are perfect, off-set by lightweight voiles to soften the edges.   Stylish white and black living room with black leather sofa and black and white wall photographs

Digs Digs

Aged leather, teamed with industrial or stage lights, metal shelving along with a funky metal coffee table are all that are needed to create the Industrial Revolution look. Wooden floors and exposed brick walls in a bedroom with a black bed frame and white bathtub

Interior Design of Living Room Blog

Think of 50 shades of grey, ranging from pale silvers to deep charcoal and steel to get the colour scheme correct. Grey and white bedroom with solid wood desk and wooden plank headboard, plus lots of photos on the wall above the bed

Boucarou Lounge

The soft fabrics of bedding are used to create a juxtaposition between soft and hard, light and heavy.

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