Opposite of industrial aesthetic: natural aesthetic

The aesthetic that I chose for my upscaling project was an industrial aesthetic. While there are many options to choose from for an opposite aesthetic from industrial I think that the most fitting one would be a natural or organic aesthetic. While the industrial aesthetic focuses on a utilitarian and mechanical feel, using exposed materials like wood concrete, or steel, a natural aesthetic would focus on incorporating nature or natural objects in the design. For instance using natural wood, stone, and plants while keeping the overall design less sharp and more soft.

The specific design that I built is a bar cart made out of exposed wood metal pipes and wood. The design itself is very angular and feels cold when you look at it. Though the design isn’t complete it still gives off a modern and urban feel with a sense of utilitarianism. The opposite of this would be a design that gives off a more homey feel while being soft with exposed materials. To make a natural aesthetic bar cat I would start by looking for natural materials like lighter-colored wood and some kind of greens to incorporate into the design. For this design, I would replace the steel pipes with smaller bamboo pipes. For the tables, I would replace the angular wooden rectangle boards with a lighter-colored circular wood board. Finally, at the connection points between the wheels and the circular boards, I would hide the fasteners with twine to make it look like it was fastened with all-natural materials. To finish it off i would add a small plant to finish off the natural look.

 A small sketch of it all put together is below. 

made by me

Doing this with my current materials alone is unrealistic and would not give off a natural feel. One idea to add to my current design to give my current industrial design a touch of a natural aesthetic would be to add some exposed wood. This would incorporate a large amount of natural material while maintaining the industrial aesthetic. To further enhance this rounding off some of the sharper edges would give it a softer feel and make the wood feel more organic. Another idea is to add some greenery to the design. Im already thinking of incorporating this one because I think that a small amount of plants or green enhances the industrial aesthetic. 

Like complementary colors, it seems that in this case, the opposite aesthetic can greatly enhance our design.  

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  • Venkata Sanyasi Krishna Vidhan Rallapalli
    February 18, 2024 12:13 pm

    Your investigation into contrasting aesthetics for your upscaling project shows depth. Moving from an industrial to a natural aesthetic requires more than just changing materials; it also involves altering shapes and textures to achieve a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere. Incorporating natural elements such as wood and plants can help soften the harsh, angular features of the industrial design, resulting in a harmonious combination of both styles. Have you thought about how lighting might enhance this blend? Warm, ambient lighting could complement the natural elements beautifully.

  • Matthew, I like how you envisioned your bar cart as a more natural aesthetic, the opposite of industrial. Your sketch is a great representation of the natural aesthetic that shows the bamboo and other natural components that can be implemented. Given your focus on rounding off sharper edges to create a softer feel, are there particular design elements or areas of the bar cart that you think will benefit most from this adjustment?


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