Industrial style is now deeply rooted in our interiors. It has become a serious threat to other styles such as Nordic, eclectic or Provencal. The phenomenon of lofts can be explained by the style’s rich and interesting history and rough finish – the finish which works so well in professional gastronomy and behind doors of our flats.
A few words about industrial style
First industrial buildings were built in the second half of XVIII century. Their construction was based on simple forms and no electricity. The only source of light were large windows which let the sun rays go in and bounce off of brick walls. Insurance companies also influenced the style by demanding designs which minimized the risk of fire or burglary. This ‘unfinished’ effect was then intended while uncovered pipe work is known to be the most characteristic element of the style.
Economical changes, which took place in the first half of the XX century, forced many factories to close down. The first ones to be shot down were the factories in Soho, New York.
The deserted area of New York became a very attractive place for local artists, who in the deserted buildings created their provisional workshops. Some artists turned lofts into their flats and that is how Soho became home to avant-guard art.
New Yorkers liked the style so much that they started introducing it into the most expensive apartments of Manhattan already in the 70’s of the xx century. Several years later the trend crossed the ocean winning hearts of people around the world.
How about a kitchen in industrial style?
Industrial style is best described by 3 words: rough, simple and functional.
Spacious rooms lighten up by soft, natural light finished in stone, concrete or steel – all these are excellent elements to design our interiors, especially kitchens.
Cold shade of silver is elegant, natural, and despite its long history – modern. The colour goes perfectly with current technology known and used in restaurants as well as in classic architectural solutions. Stainless steel kitchens are most commonly used as they complement modern elements. If you dream of a functional kitchen in an American loft style remember about the following basic rules:
- Go for a comprehensive, 2-lined cabinet arrangement. This set up will bring back the backrooms and production lines from XX century. Remember, however, that it is important for the room to remain spacious and open – if then your kitchen is small go for only 1 row of cabinets.
- Leave your pipe works and aluminium elements uncovered and without any finish. This simple trick is very cohesive with the style of first factories.
- Don’t cover your windows with curtains or blinds - remember that natural light is the main pillar of industrial style.
- Choose a brick wall, stainless steel kitchen, concrete worktop and aluminium finishes.
- Stainless steel can be accompanied by steampunk style furniture- reminder of Victorian style.
- Avoid elaborate decorations such as pottery, colourful tea cups or paintings. Use other forms of decoration such as: fresh herbs in minimalistic jars or a heavy lamp (inspired by a deserted railway station or factory).
5 interesting facts about stainless steel kitchens
Stainless steel is one of the most popular materials used by appreciated manufacturers and designers. It gained its fame not only thanks to its elegant, glossy finish but also its lightness, durability and resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel does not react with acids and alkaline substances that is why steel elements have entered our homes and are to stay with us permanently.
In order to better understand the phenomenon of the material here is some of the most important information and interesting facts which will help you design your dream kitchen.
- History of the material
Have you ever wondered where stainless steel comes from and how it ended up in your kitchen?
It was discovered, in the second half of XIX century that iron and chrome protect steel from acidic and harmful substances. In 1912, German engineers patented so called stainless steel which won hearts of many manufacturers and engineers especially in the United Kingdom. Blooming British military industry was very quick to show interest in the new material. In fact, it was in one of the British factories that it was discovered that a mix of lemon juice and vinegar did not cause any damage to the steel. Soon after that a production of steel cutlery (mainly knives) commenced, followed by tools and appliances.
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Do you know that stainless steel has been used in many industries and businesses around the world?
Due to stainless steel’s durability and universality it is widely used in oil containers, swimming pool basins, in the energy industry, different types of industrial or household fittings, surgical tools, air-conditioning units, coolers, buildings elevations and silicon products.
We cannot forget about kitchen equipment – starting from smaller objects such as cutlery, pots and dishes to much bigger elements which we use on daily basis – hobs, ovens and hoods.
- A range of less popular qualities
Qualities such as lightness, durability, resilience are commonly and openly spoken about while some qualities are very often forgotten. All of them are very important on daily basis that is why it is crucial to mention them:
- Stainless steel kitchens do not absorb smells and flavours
- Appliances and worktops do not discolour
- Stainless steel as a material can be recycled
- Kitchens made from stainless steel are exceptionally hygienic due to its poreless surface that does not support growing of bacteria and viruses.
- Certificates that confirm quality
Do you know that furniture and other elements made from stainless steel must follow standards that confirm the highest quality?
It is thanks to the regulations that your appliances and furniture are low and high temperature proof and their everyday use is comfortable and safe.
International certificates confirm European norms (EN 10088) which guarantee stability and looks.
Have you ever wondered how it is that steel does not get rusty?
This effect is achieved by mixing steel with various alloys – in this case, chrome. According to American AISI specifications and norms the minimal amount of chrome must be 11%.