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LOOKBOOK MODERN INDUSTRIAL OFFICE FURNITURE

Textured. Sophisticated. Raw. With the Modern Industrial Office, the workspace is stripped to the bare bones.  It mixes the sensibilities of the past with the optimism of the future, creating a minimalistic aesthetic that blends the unique rich textures of wood, earth and metal.

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BORN OF WOOD & STEEL

For many, the general idea of what the industrial office style consists of is simplicity, neutrality and understated furniture. Everything about it promotes the opposite of excess because it instead wants to promote efficiency. And to a certain extent, it is that. But there’s so much more that goes into this interior office design – especially now.

So what is modern industrial design? When the term “industrial” comes up, one generally thinks of the Industrial Revolution. And sure enough, that’s where it came from: the late 18th century, when the great British Empire led the rest of the civilized world into the Industrial Revolution and streamlined mass production. As workers switched from hand-craftsmanship to operating machines, industrial furniture became much more simple to mass produce, especially with two materials on hand: wood and metal. These came along with the side benefit that both were extremely sturdy and durable. In the 2000s, the industrial furniture style made a resurgence because it fit in with the modern-minimalist trend and made it easy for customers to be more environmentally friendly with its use of repurposed wood and steel.

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PRACTICALITY, PERFECTED.

Strip everything down to the essentials – with every design detail serving a purpose.

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(7) The Senator Group Pailo Workstations (8) Allermuir Paver Seating (9) DeskMakers Ascend Workstations (10) National Office Furniture Tessera Casegoods  REQUEST MORE INFO

INTO THE MODERN AGE

There are many ways to style your workspace with modern industrial furniture, but one common theme is the use of monochromatic colors – not just for the furniture, but for the overall office environment too. It gives the workspace a sense of cohesiveness. This interior design style flourishes particularly in spaces like warehouses, factories, and workshops with exposed brick, concrete walls, hanging lamps and wall-to-wall windows. The design philosophy is all about showing the bare minimum, like showing the skeleton of buildings and proudly displaying structural elements that used to be concealed. Common within the theme are exposed pipes, beams, and ducts. They add an unfinished, raw feel while adhering to the minimalistic design. Furthermore, massive wall-to-wall windows and the high ceilings of warehouses promote wide, open spaces and plenty of natural light — just the opposite of cloistered, stifled offices – to bolster creativity, productivity, and motivation.

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SIMPLICITY, ELEVATED.

Clean, straight lines & simple geometric shapes serve as the foundation of structure – while a harmonious blend of plush textiles, brushed metals,  hard edges & soft, warm hues create a bold, dramatic statement.

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(12) OFS Obeya Architectural Structures (13) OFS Skara Lounge (14) OFS Eleven Wood Collection  REQUEST MORE INFO

BREAKING THE MOLD

That’s not to say that workspaces following the monochromatic trend must be boring. Following one color scheme does make the entire space look put together and seem sophisticated, but how can we make it more welcoming and exciting? Why not add a pop of color? On its own, the modern industrial office is cold in its practicality. This, however, provides an opportunity to combine practicality with creativity — to juxtapose the raw with the polished. That’s why it’s interesting to balance this otherwise severe design style with lighting, furniture, and other decorative pieces that can help transform the office into a more inviting space.

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MONOCHROMATIC, TRANSFORMED.

Vivid pops of colors, unique lighting & unconventional furniture pieces add warmth & personality to the modern industrial office. 

ENHANCING THE MODERN INDUSTRIAL OFFICE

In OFS’ modern industrial office lounge setup (Image 15), the space could look austere if it weren’t for the bright teal sofa and  vivid red cafe seating that add character to the room.
 

Source’s bold color blocking (Image A) in its Repeat series is another example. Wine-red and mustard yellow backless benches amidst white brick walls and an abstract painting prove that adding vibrant colors and artwork don’t take away from the industrial style; it gives the place a more rejuvenated feel.

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THE INDUSTRIAL STYLE: REDEFINED

Modern industrial design provides a simple, efficient way to decorate your workspace. While it follows general guidelines that it must be simple, monochromatic, and efficient, we must remember: rules are often made to be reinvented. Experimentation with industrial design doesn’t take away from its natural elegance, it adds a contemporary touch and infuses an old trend with new aspects.
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(17) Arcadia Contract WorkSmith Collection (18) National Office Furniture Alloy Desk Stations (19) Stylex Seating Free Address Collection  REQUEST MORE INFO

(20) ERG International Oslo Open Space (21) Arcadia Contract WorkSmith Table and Stools (22) Humanscale Summa Chair (23) Global Furniture Group SideBar Workstations (24) Friant Verity Benching (25) National Office Furniture Tessera Table (26) National Office Furniture Laudio Chairs (27) Arcadia Contract WorkSmith Table (28) Encore Seating String Games Parsons Table  REQUEST MORE INFO

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