The aesthetic I chose was Industrial Design. I chose this aesthetic because it was something I’ve always seen/known about on a superficial level but never really understood. The design seems to be increasingly popular, or at the very least, seen a recent resurgence in popularity in both personal spaces and in commercial/public spaces based on how I’ve seen more images that reflect this style in my daily life. In a general sense, the aesthetic has always had an appeal to me as well, and is something I wanted to learn a little more about. The usage of things that are supposed to be strictly functional in an “aesthetic” manner has been something I found interesting. With how intricate and over the top/busy some home designs can be, it is also quite appealing to me to see the almost reduction in details. Also, using form as function and while still retaining a “utilitarian” look is something that I personally enjoy as well. In addition to this, I personally just really enjoy the aesthetic of exposed brick, pipes, and wooden beams, something about things that are usually or designed to be hidden, being used to actually accentuate the room is very cool to me.
The design aesthetic began to increase in popularity in the late 2000’s and continued through the mid-2010’s. This design language can also be seen modern TV shows like Gossip Girl and New Girl alongside many newer restaurants and stores we see in day to day life. Even though we may not always be able to pick up on the style (since it is by nature more inconspicuous), it is still very prevalent in our daily lives. The tenants of this style range from repurposing old utilitarian places (like warehouses, factories, and industrial spaces) and repurposing them into a newer living space. It also seeks to repurpose and reuse those spaces into something that can be used today, while still keeping the core of what the building used to be. There is also an emphasis on exposed ducting, brick, beams, piping, as well as open flooring and large windows. Furthermore, the colors used in this style tend to be a more neutral and earthy colors. This allows furniture and other room accessories to act as focal points and liven up the room. Another aspect of industrial design is the way it mixes natural materials like wood, with man-made materials like steel and concrete. For example, there may be rooms that are heavy on wooden beams and support with wooden furniture that also has metal accents with concrete floors. While other rooms in this style might be mostly brick and steel.
A new development to this aesthetic has also been the use of shipping containers as rooms or even homes in some scenarios. However, due to the nature of shipping containers and building codes, extensive overhauls are needed before the containers can be used as parts of homes.
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