The industrial chic design philosophy is one that celebrates not only built-in elements like exposed brick, duct-work, or pipes, but also supports the use of items made from reclaimed and new industrial materials. This utilitarian design style welcomes metals like tin, aluminum, iron and steel, as well as aged woods and worn textures. Think lighting made from factory glass, furnishings made from piping or other metals, or to get even more specific, a door step made from a big, chunky, steel gear. One thing that all industrial chic design elements will have is a look that makes them seem as if they have stood the test of time. Industrial chic is by no means a flashy style; rather, such elements will feature a hint of patina on a matte finish, some wear and tear (like chipped paint), but ultimately look simple and clean, tending towards the masculine. You could actually think of industrial chic style as less of a “style” and more a reflection of the realities of industrial working life, back when the ethos of industrial craftsmanship was at its most prominent.