I just have to share some photos of French Industrial Style, a style that is a celebration of French mid-century factory pieces . Many of the items are repurposed from old factories and used in new ways. An old cart might become a shelf or coffee table. It's gotten pretty popular lately, you can find reproductions online at the big decor stores but I prefer to keep my eye open at flea markets for this style. I think this style is great but it needs a little softening for my taste. I would mix it with traditional French style pieces covered in utilitarian fabrics like burlap and rough linen. I would love to incorporate more pieces like this into my decor. When I bought most of my furniture about 7 years ago I was into the French country / Shabby Chic style which I believe has become a bit dated. So I have been slowly adding little touches here and there. I have a big project I am working on one of my walls which I will be sharing in a few days when I am finished. Below are some photos of things from the internet which I feel epitomize the style.
An oversized vintage French factory clock
I love this pillow case which is from a factory which I used to live near in the Herault region of France.
I love this settee with it's burlap cover from Hudson Goods but I fear it's too delicate in a house with four kids and two dogs in it. Maybe someday..
Vintage chandeliers aren't French Industrial but they soften the look.
This stool is from Anthropologie
I love this coffee table from Restoration Hardware
I would love to have this island in my kitchen.
The French Factory stool
Large typesetting style letters by French designer Eric Besson.
The French bistro set, always a classic.
A really old beat up piece like the one above is a fabulous item to throw into the mix.
A poster for a Jean Prouve show. He was a French Industrial Designer from the mid- century era.
A chair designed by Jean Prouve.
These metal chairs would be nice softened by a wood table.
A cart from England
This is a patchwork chair I took a photo of at Les Puces in Paris last year. I love this idea and want to make something like it. I like when traditional items are modernized like this.