Designing An Industrial Kitchen Without An Industrial Space
Industrial kitchens are increasing in popularity as we move away from clean minimal lines toward more personalised spaces. An industrial kitchen is robust and practical, beautiful and eclectic. Instead of erasing time with new shiny architecture, we embrace it by letting the history of the space reveal itself. This is the essence of an industrial transformed space. Industrial kitchens follow trend by allowing the material used to be raw, unrefined and eclectic. Concrete, steel and timber are commonly used in industrial kitchens.
Industrial spaces have influenced the design of industrial kitchens. Office, warehouse or loft building spaces have been transformed into living spaces, allowing the bones of the space to influence the new interiors. Industrial kitchens draws on these raw architectural elements. Exposed beams, unfinished walls, vents and pipes all become part of the new architecture, making the once mundane, functional objects into something of beauty.
Whilst trendy spaces to live in, we all don’t have the luxury of living in these transformed industrial spaces. So the question becomes, how can we make an industrial kitchen if we don't have an industrial space? The answer is in the materials. Industrial kitchens follow trend by using raw, unrefined and eclectic materials. The same sense of rawness and eclectic sensibility as an industrial space is created with a combination of materials, timber, concrete and steel. Industrial kitchens also combine the old and the new: antique pieces with sleek cabinetry, chandelier lighting and unfinished floors with commercial appliances. Below are some images of industrial kitchens ranging from modern industrial to rustic industrial and everything in between.
Concrete Industrial Kitchens
Concrete, a once common material, gets a glamorous makeover in these industrial kitchens. Juxtaposed with timber and dark cabinetry, concrete is both raw and practical.
Timber Industrial Kitchens
Timber used in industrial kitchens can range from looking sharp and tailored to looking basic, rustic and old. Timber works well in industrial kitchens as there is a sense of both history and nature which makes it a personalised kitchen space. It also contrasts nicely with many modern kitchen materials.
Stainless Steel and Marble Industrial Kitchens
Stainless steel and marble are both regarded as fairly modern kitchen materials. Stainless steel is used in commercial kitchen spaces. It is robust, non-porous, hygienic and somewhat clinical. Combined with other warmer materials, stainless steel becomes elegant and striking. Marble traditionally is quite a classic kitchen material, but combined with other less-traditional materials, it creates a modern and fresh space.
White Industrial Kitchens
Industrial kitchens can remain classic and uncluttered by having white as a dominant colour. White generally makes a space look larger and less cluttered and is a good base if you want your industrial kitchen to look united and clean.
Celebrity Industrial Kitchens
Celebrities are embracing the look and feel of industrial kitchens. The first kitchen belongs to Gwyneth Paltrow in west LA. The kitchen is refined and classical, yet has an industrial charm that adds warmth and character. Eclectic furniture, bold lighting, open shelves and commercial-grade appliances make this one elegant industrial kitchen.
The second is Meg Ryan's home in Massachusetts. Exposed beams painted white, an oak kitchen island, and black framed windows ensure this industrial kitchen is kept subtle and feminine.
Industrial kitchens have one thing in common; the use of personalised materials giving the space its own charm and character. Industrial kitchens can be modern, classical or rustic and use a variety of juxtaposed materials such as concrete, timber and stainless steel. We are going to see more of the trend in 2015 so look out!
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