Have you ever imagined, watching a movie or a TV series, what it would be like if the homes of the protagonists suddenly became yours? And maybe you find yourself fantasizing about immersing yourself in those huge, almost entirely open-plan New York lofts, with light literally pouring in from every wall (strictly in glass), a skyline that disappears over the horizon and tiny people walking down below on the pavements.

From Malmo to New York, the birth of a style

We understand well that not everything can be scaled down. But this trend – which has been in vogue now for a while, in fact we have already talked about it in a previous article – of combining a cold, industrial frame with the warm, welcoming patterns of wood is gaining ground. In terms of European influence, the Scandinavian countries were definitely the first to merge these two opposites. Then came the big cities of London, Barcelona and Berlin, which progressively regenerated their innermost suburbs, converting the disused factories into huge open spaces, where multinationals, creative companies and start-ups settled. From an initially corporate use, more and more people have decided to convert abandoned spaces to houses, with projects that aim to maintain the original structure, as well as reusing the original materials.

Which materials and colours for which spaces?

The style that blends industrial with wood is always fairly recognizable. So much so that very hipster neighborhoods like Williamsburg – in New York – have made it their hallmark. There is a proliferation of these very spacious homes with almost no walls that seem even more airy, with wooden bookcases or slender screens and iron partitions to divide the spaces. If you were to step inside you’d feel as if you had been thrown into another world, into another idea of home. The range of materials that tend to be used are not actually that difficult to come across. The wood, for example, is mainly walnut, pine and oak. The wood can also be treated with agents that soften its features, ageing it slightly and giving it a lived-in look. Supporting walls are generally left almost entirely as they are, whether they are made of brick or concrete. For everything that completes the house – from furniture to furnishings – we recommend cast iron, iron (even rusty iron is fine, as long as it is treated to maintain it) and above all steel. The materials used aim to achieve a strong contrast yet at the same time an intense cohesion in the mood that is created. It goes without saying that the colours chosen also follow this line. From carbon black to a deep black, passing through tones of wood that are never excessively bold (copper, for example). Can you now begin to imagine yourself in such a space?
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And the bathroom?

There’s always too little talk about the bathroom. However, not unlike other environments, the tendency is to try to create a sense of continuity. Historically, the bathrooms in these large abandoned spaces were covered with polished tiles of an almost blinding white. Restoring this style, updating it following the guidelines we have indicated, could mean highlighting a wooden feature such as on the basin or mirror. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll see the disappearance of a style such as industrial chic, which, on the contrary, seems to be growing in vitality and boldness as time goes on.

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