It’s ironic that when the Industrial Revolution was in full-swing, almost nobody’s home integrated those characteristics. But as industrial jobs began to fade from the urban landscape, the factories and warehouses fell into disuse and dis-repair. They were often abandoned for many years.
Enter gentrification: Urban planner Benjamin Grant pinpoints the start in the 1970s. A younger, educated generation saw the potential and character of these old factory buildings. They wanted to live downtown, and the price was right. Soon, these buildings were being converted to condos and lofts. Some of the Industrial Style was already built in, with exposed brick, pipe and concrete floors. Industrial Style helped complement these features and a new style was born. Industrial elements then expanded outside the urban atmosphere as it became a core look for many homes.
“The hardworking quality of industrial chic’s design elements resonates with many as it celebrates humble materials, historic details and affordability,” Kelly said.