Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 | 0 comments
Due to the dark colors and heavy use of steel and metal, today’s industrial chic designs tend to be pretty masculine. Up until the 1950′s or 60′s, the majority of household items were constructed using solid metal materials – from appliances and toys, to fans and lawn chairs and everything in between. It wasn’t until around the 1970′s when plastic began to gain popularity. Plastic allowed for faster production and overall lower costs of goods.
It was a hobby of our owner Bryan, that started the vintage kick at Barn Light Electric. Bryan collected and restored vintage porcelain lights from the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s. Quality tends to get lost during today’s mass production in overseas factories, but because these lights were from an era where products were hand crafted and American-made, they have withstood the test of time and remain usable today.
That leads us into 2010 where designers are paying top dollar to have vintage finds. Because of their durability and quality construction, most items from years past have withstood years of use and are extremely sought after. You don’t have to have an eye for design or a big wallet to bring this style into your home. After mere minutes of shopping on Etsy, we found our inspiration for today’s Style Guide – what’s not to love about an original General Electric desk fan and a retro stool complete with dings and chipped paint? Splurging a little on our desk, we chose a higher counter top style work space. Similar styles or reproductions can be found today for a must lower cost. We accessorized with vintage globe book ends, colorful books, and a simplistic clock similar to those found in 1950′s classrooms.
No room is complete without lighting! Naturally we chose one of our vintage fixtures – an authentic 1930′s Ivanhoe Porcelain Shade. This 12″ shade comes with 5 feet of adjustable black cord and comes ready to be installed. For now, these shades are available in limited quantities and styles. For additional task lighting, we chose the Alburndale Swingarm Adjustable Wall Sconce. Since the arm is movable in several directions, this wall sconce will act as most table lamps do, without taking up valuable work space. Depending on the look you are wanting, the Alburndale is available in several finish choices – our choice was Old Bronze.
1.) Barn Light Electric Vintage Porcelain 12″ Warehouse Shade: $139.00
2.) Target Room Essentials Oversized Plastic Wall Clock: $69.99
3.) Etsy Indusrial Chair: Various Prices
4.) Barn Light Electric Alburndale Swingarm Adjustable Sconce: $444.00
5.) Etsy Industrial Black GE Mid Century Fan: $42.00
6.) Etsy Vintage As The World Turns Bookends: $24.00
7.) Modern 50 Industrial Factory Slab Wood Desk/Table: $1,385