A Look Into Industrial

It’s easy to get to the root of industrial design. It’s probably the design style most clearly defined by its name. Industrial style owes its aesthetics to industry; and the practicality of its designs to that industrial inspiration. That’s not to say that there aren’t design flourishes. They’re just not as pronounced. Due to the simple lines of design and the tendency to keep materials close to a natural finish, adornment doesn’t need to be extreme to stand out. When someone sees the attention to detail, it’s more appreciated.

Henry Collection

For our Industrial Lighting collections, the design team started with the basic building blocks. They took a hard look at the materials that you would expect in lighting – glass, wiring and metal. They explored how they could take them down to their practical essentials and then build them back up to something greater than the sum of their parts. A perfect example can be seen in the Erlenmeyer collection. The glass shape is reminiscent of the flat-bottomed flasks found in science labs for generations. While the other design elements – from the square metal collars of the pendants to the arcs of the tubes on the sconces – have a utilitarian use, they also create subtle design elements that elevate aesthetics.

Erlenmeyer Collection

Blurring the lines between industrial and steampunk, the Fizz and Otto collections bring in brass accents to complement the prominent glass of both design families. Likewise, the Henry collection’s floor and desk lamps use brass rivets to attach their spun-metal shades to the fixture.

Fizz Collection

Beyond materials and unique glass choices, there are other ways to give industrial design flavor more of a kick. Going back to the Erlenmeyer collection, the floor and table lamps have a toggle switch that’s a throwback to switches common in factories going back decades. There’s also a gear and peg on one side of each of those pieces and on the side of the Erlenmeyer Large Mini Pendant. Lifting the peg and turning the gear allows the glass flask light to be redirected and positioned.

When it comes to industrial design, the details are fine and the style is inspired by cultural touchstones.

Otto Collection

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