One of the most basic functions of good lighting is to establish a mood within a space. And I’m not talking candles or a dimmer switch on the dining room pendants. The mood is set not only with the illumination but with the fixture itself, and nowhere is this more important than in commercial operations. When customers and employees enter your building, you want the lighting to be functional and to set a tone for the environment that makes customers feel welcome and employees feel happy!
For this Arizona business, creating an industrial mood to the space was critical to owner Brady Miller. Monkey Depot features military themed action figures and die cast models, while a second business called Monkey Edge focuses on high-end custom knives and gear.
“We really wanted to go for a cross between a vintage factory and a noir era private eye office,” Brady says of his showroom. To give an industrial edge to the space, Brady chose the Factory Overhead 6-Light Chandelier for the stairwell that leads up to offices in the loft.
“We chose the chandelier because it was so cool, we had to have one,” Brady says. “And it appears a bit foreboding.” This rustic chandelier features heavy stems and thick cast guard units with a Galvanized finish and frosted glass.
In Chicago, the office furniture manufacturer Arcadia welcomes customers to its ongoing 2013 trade show display with an industrial design focus featuring Original™ Warehouse LED Pendants.
“We designed the space with a ‘sleek industrial’ direction so the Original™ Warehouse Pendants added greatly to the industrial mood,” says display designer Karen Dunbar of Inovus Design, Inc. “The scale, LED sensibility, and galvanized finish work perfectly because they combine the old industrial aesthetic with the modern technology and efficiency of the LED lamping.” These American made pendants complement the sleek look of the furniture without overpowering the other elements — exactly what good lighting should do!Read More
If you’re looking for some farmhouse inspiration, look no further than Kelly’s pole barn home in northern Indiana. This is the land where Kelly’s husband’s great grandparents raised seven children and where Kelly has created the home of her dreams. The house is full of rustic industrial touches including in two of the bathroom spaces that Kelly chose to share with us. In the half bath off her new kitchen, Kelly chose some classic gooseneck barn lighting to highlight the space.Read More
If you’re looking to infuse some industrial style into the bath, take some inspiration from our Featured Customer Fred who has a lovely lakefront home in Sparta, New Jersey. Fred recently remodeled a bathroom in his home and added rustic pendants and a rustic vanity sconce for a nautical industrial look. “I like the beach look as opposed to the cabin look,” Fred says. “And I wanted something different than the cookie cutter fixtures from the home centers.”Read More
One reason the industrial farmhouse look is so desirable is because it creates a warm, inviting space that is neither fussy nor formal. The look can be easily achieved in a variety of home styles from cabins in Montana to urban lofts in Chicago. Take this beach home in coastal North Carolina for example. This space offers a strikingly simple balance of nautical and utilitarian touches that make it a comfortable yet appealing space. Our friend, Philip R. Thomas, who is both owner and builder, chose some classic rustic pendants to accent his butcher block island. The metal of the pendants complements the abundance of wood in the space and gives a nod to the coastal vernacular.Read More
Savannah, Georgia, is one of those cities that just oozes southern charm and happens to be home to our good friend Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio. Joel works with both residential and commercial clients in the Savannah area with a focus on showcasing each client’s personality through design. We featured some of Joel’s work in a blog last August where he used the All Weather Gooseneck Farm Light for a home on Tybee Island. Today we take a peek at a lovely dining room that Joel created featuring some beautiful rustic sconces.Read More