Once upon a time, industrial design was the preserve of the factory and workplace, not the home. Things have changed in recent years, and many people are re-designing their interiors to reflect this new-found acceptance of industrial-style accessories and furniture. At http://www.pib-home.co.uk there’s a raft of items – seats, lights, storage units – which can be used to give your house this look. You can see here for more details of these functional, sturdy designs. After initially focusing on the visual impact offered by full-size pieces, shops and designers are now coming round to more discreetly-dimensioned articles which add interest to a room, rather than overwhelming it.
You may want to temper the metal of industrial design with some natural materials and shapes. There’s no better way of doing this than turning to Danish furniture (see below). Partly inspired by the local environment, partly by other influences, including Japanese art, Danish designs strive for organic forms and simple lines. Much Danish output comes from family workshops and is therefore the product of several generations of accumulated know-how.