sampbarham March 25, 2017

Industrial-chic is definitely big in Bristol.

And as an interior design style, you can see why. Upcycling cheap or effectively free furniture and/or building materials, and using a little bit of design nouce you can create something minimalist and raw that is aesthetically pleasing and extremely cost effective. It’s a very desirable way to deck out a bar or restaurant: take Kongs, Small Bar, Spoke & Stringer or the Urban Standard for successful examples of what I mean.

The development @ Paintworks is no exception, featuring a host of new-york style warehouse loft live/work units with little industrial motifs left over from its’ previous life as a paint manufacturing complex. I thought I’d continue the theme in my own flat with muted brown and red tones in the upholstery, raw steel and copper light fittings and accessories and some good-old fashioned DIY timber furniture.

229 Industrial Header

Having a local timber recycling plant so close by has meant a near endless supply of plywood and scaffold planks. My house-mate Ben, crafts the latter into desks/tables with a planar, lashings of Danish Oil and a belt-sander. A couple of bent mild-steel legs later, and you’ve got yourself a “premium” industrial-chic desk that would have cost £££s on Etsy.

229 Industrial Desk

We also managed to re-purpose an old cable-reel “bobbin” into a coffee table by chopping it down to size. This currently serves as a temporary eating area whilst the Breakfast Bar, that is on order from a local steel fabrication firm, is being built. I’ve also got them to make some custom mild-steel brackets, that are sized just-so, so that the off-cuts from the scaffold-plank desks can be used as shelving around the rest of the apartment.

229 Industrial Bobbin

Just one of the many benefits from having Solidworks a click away, some power tools and contacts in the D&B industry.