From warehouses and R&D facilities to apartments and urban townhouses, industrial table lamps bring in the raw, unfinished, or rough appeal found in the industrial buildings to the comforts of ones own homes. Turn your kitchen, living room, foyer, and dining rooms from rags to wonders with decors and table lamps that exude the sparse, mechanical, urban charisma that remained uncopied by other design aesthetics.
Due to the emphasis on functionality rather than appearance, Industrial table lamps might not be the most pleasing lamps to the eye. Still, they are one of the most efficient and practical lighting anyone may need for their spaces. There is no contest on what’s the most captivating as Industrial table lamps place more importance on their usefulness and practicability.
Despite this ideology, the market for Industrial table lamps as suitable indoor decorative lights has never faltered for the past decade. Hence, we have assembled a collection of table lamps influenced by the Industrial style.
From bare finishes to metallic coats and concrete substances to exposed bricks, find the portable Industrial table lighting that suits your space and taste.
The Industrial style emerged from the demand to support the manufacturing needs of humankind.
When the Industrial Revolution began in the latter part of the 1700s, new machines replaced humans in making suitable commodities. From handmade products to mass production, this unstoppable trend in Europe increased the overall productivity and efficiency of the masses. With the benefits on hand, creating more factories and industrial structures that house innovative and operating machines became the ultimate agenda, starting from Britain to other parts of the world.
At its core, the industrial style advocates durability, practicality, efficiency, and capacity, with little to no regard for aesthetics and style. Industrial style products must be long-lasting, withstand harsh conditions, and be easy to use. In addition, these products are often used in workplaces, so safety and quality must be tested at all times before public usage. Hence, the earliest Industrial style table lamps are composed of a light bulb on an unassuming portable base - as long as it illuminates light and passes the safety and quality standards, its appearance does not matter.
Later on, due to the influence of other design styles and the crises of changing times, the glamour of the industrial styled furniture and lights dimmed. After societal and economic conditions improved, wood, plastic, and glass replaced the durable and sturdy steel. How a table lamp looks became a concern for the masses, so the plain utilitarian table lamps were buried under the new Art Deco table lamps, Mid Century table lamps, and Tiffany table lamps.
Industrial style table lamps returned to the eyes of buyers when minimalist, modern, and functional lighting became a fad during the 2000s. However, the industrial look of this time incorporated elements from other design themes. The style now embraced raw and unfurnished wood and other organic elements in its repertoire, establishing the industrial style we know today.
The Key Elements of the Industrial Style
The modern-day industrial design still follows the creed “functionality over aesthetics,” only it’s not excessively and strictly obeyed in the current era. Lots of industrial table lamps can both be pragmatic and decorative portable lighting in homes and office spaces. To guide you on how to determine an Industrial table lamp, here are some key features on what makes a lamp part of the industrial style:
Colour: The Industrial style has a neutral colour palette. Think of a mix of browns, beiges, whites, greys, and rustic colours. Although these colours tend to be on the darker side of the colour wheel, their simplicity allows other elements in the room, such as furniture and decorations, to create a harmonious connection with each other. Industrial-styled black table lamps on a living room’s console table, in particular, can facilitate a seamless flow of colours between an unadorned corner and a comfy leather couch.
Material: Industrial-designed table lamps love natural materials. Driftwood, firewood, and repurposed wood are the most commonly used mediums by lamp designers among organic materials. Natural-looking textiles like burlap, wool, linen, and leather fit the bill, too. Nonetheless, construction materials are still the main components of most industrial table lamps. Bricks, cement, and stones are famous for producing table lamp parts. However, steel, iron, and other metals are the go-to materials for residential and commercial lighting mass production. Tubes and pipes also work for a creative touch.
Texture and Finish: Think raw, bare, and unfinished. Exposed and uncoated, the industrial style stresses the use of materials at their most natural state. Old lumbers that retain their grainy textures and rustic metals are welcome to create the industrial style’s hallmark appeal.
Light Impression: Remember that the Industrial style’s elements were copied from the ambience in factories and warehouses? Since these places hold much importance to adeptness and efficiency, the Industrial table lamps must help implement those beliefs. Direct and intense illumination that promotes concentration is necessary, so expect semi- to fully-revealed bulbs that emit bright lights. What’s more, Edison bulbs are favoured as they are the lighting solutions for the original factories and buildings.
Details: There is no need for frills, carvings, ornamentations, and other unnecessary minute details for the Industrial style. Sleek and chic yet remaining simple and clean is its undeniable mark. Sharp angles, natural patterns, and geometric shapes are key identifiers of this design theme.
Presenting Industrial Table Lamps in Our Collection
The Blend of Wood and Metal: When it comes to complementing wood to metals, industrial table lamps always do a fine job. A unique table lamps such as Hornwoord Black and Light Wood Table Lamp with black base and shade serves as your desk’s task light while emitting the charm of the balance between inorganic and organic materials. A tripod table lamp such as the Caseros Studio Tripod Black Table Lamp suits as a perfect low-key decoration and focused lighting on your office’s side table.
Overload with Metallic Finishes: Many Industrial table lamps are known for their durability and resistance to harsh weather conditions. The main contributor to these features is the finishing treatment type that its materials undergo before processing into a table lamp. Metal finishes include polishing, plating, brushing, coating, and heat blasting, among many. For example, the Ken Dome Shade Black Table Lamp boasts a black polished finish, while the brass accent is made of pure brass. Another great design is the Forge Antique Silver Metal Table Lampwhich has a body made entirely of metal coated in antique silver.
Unifying Construction Materials: As previously stated, building materials are also used to make Industrial table lamps. Raw concrete, steel plates, and hardy bricks form lovely home and office table lamps. The Scandustrial Concrete Table Lamp is one notable example, a neutral-toned light made from concrete and metal. The combination of concrete and linen also provokes a seamless expression of the Industrial style, and the Andreas Medium White Crackle with Linen Shade Table Lamp readily showcases this look.
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