How To Get The Industrial Look

Sophie Bush, founder of Warehouse Home magazine and interior design studio, has selected her favourite designs from our AW18 collection. Here are her top picks and tips for creating a Warehouse Home look.

Warehouse Home is considered the authority on loft living and industrial style interiors. Warehouse Home magazine has an international following and is known as ‘essential reading for warehouse living’. Every issue offers original ideas and inspiration for creating a loft look in any home. The debut Warehouse Home book showcases amazing real homes all over the world in former factories, warehouses and old industrial buildings and has quickly become a Thames & Hudson bestseller. Warehouse Home Interior Design Studio works on residential and commercial projects in the UK and overseas.

1. Invest In A Leather Sofa

This loft apartment in New York by Jane Kim Design – featured in the Warehouse Home book – is the epitome of warehouse living. The aged leather sofa and armchairs in two shades of leather are the perfect complement to the exposed brickwork and wooden beams.

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THE ELKIN SOFA

From natural tan to darker coloured skins, swatches and swathes of leather define luxurious industrial schemes. The Elkin mid-tan leather sofa in chocolate brown has a contemporary shape and an informal lived-in look that makes it ideal for warehouse conversions and industrial-inspired spaces.

2. Find Your Marbles

In Warehouse Home Issue Six we celebrated the beauty of marble print on a range of homeware designs. The pretty patterns and veining of marble, whether real or faux, are an ideal way to complement raw industrial features such as brickwork or concrete.

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THE TOKKI TABLE

In white or black, the Tokki table will suit any warehouse home, but I also love the fact that these stylish little side tables are actually crafted from cement which has been given a hand-dipped finish to mimic carved marble. Cement designs are an easy way to bring a touch of industrial to any modern home and the pattern of this hand-cast table adds visual interest.

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3. Throw In Some Texture

In the latest edition of our magazine, Warehouse Home Issue Eight, we explore Berber-inspired design. A variety of textiles will add texture and visual interest to any interior, but will contrast particularly effectively with industrial features. Knitted, woven and stitched designs, especially those with a Berber-inspired look, bring a modern rustic element into an industrial scheme.

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THE ISADORE RUG

This monochromatic Isadore hand-woven wool rug immediately injects a bohemian aesthetic with its shaggy pile and classic diamond pattern.

THE BANKS CUSHION

This Banks cushion features a textured geometric design formed with the shaggy black loops which adds a playful note to the monochromatic design.

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THE POPCORN THROW

The Popcorn charcoal and cream textured throw has oversized bouclé loops and a striped pattern. The tactile quality gives this cosy throw added interest. It’s the perfect finishing touch for a relaxed living area.

4. Look To Raw Metal Details

The Ringo Table

The Ringo dining table has a strong form that immediately makes a statement. The combination of the cast aluminium legs and solid pine table top is ideal for industrial spaces. The table’s base is hand-cast in India by artisans using molten metal and compacted sand moulds and the top is made from sand-blasted solid pine with an oiled, brushed finish.

5. Take It To The Table

Warehouse Home magazine’s editorial team often highlight Habitat tableware and this season two collections immediately caught my eye: the Otto speckled stoneware and Stella brushstroke stoneware. Pollock-inspired splatters, swipes and strokes of paint are evoked in each of these designs and both will make a great style statement in a modern home. They’re both especially well-suited to spaces characterised by raw concrete or exposed brick.

The Otto Dinner Set

The Otto stoneware collection is made in Portugal. The reactive glaze creates unique variations in each piece, with a pretty pastel-coloured mottled pattern.

The Stella Dinner Set

The Stella stoneware is also made in Portugal and is hand decorated with overlapping layers of glaze. I particularly like the quirky and informal tone achieved by the broad brushstrokes.

6. Complete The Look With Industrial Accents

The Morei mirror

The Morei mirror takes influence from the workshop and the tool shed. Exclusive to Habitat, it combines a matt black finish and simple form with an oversized bolt detail that makes it the ideal finishing touch for any industrial scheme.

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