An old flour mill was converted into a fascinating industrial style loft by architect Robb Studio in conjunction with Studio Gild, located in Denver, Colorado. The building was built in the 1920s, dilapidated and abandoned, the building was repurposed in 2000, converted into lofts. Originally the client was just looking to make a few updates on their 3,000 square foot home, such as cabinet hardware and an enhanced connection with the laundry and guest bath. Yet, in the end, made the decision to give the loft a complete modern transformation, creating a striking visual aesthetic with open spaces for entertaining that the homeowners could enjoy for years to come. Greater functionality, clean lines and an enhanced material palette are just some of the details that were improved.
This custom designed kitchen showcases stained oak cabinets with quartzite countertops. For the cabinet uppers, the designers installed perforated metal panels. Walls of windows adds lots of natural light into the spaces, with soaring ceilings and exposed ductwork, a truly inspiring industrial home. What do you think? Leave us your feedback in the comments section below!
If you find industrial style lofts inspiring, have a look at some of 1 Kindesign’s past features, such as Eclectic industrial-modern loft in Marina Del Rey and Industrial eclectic Brooklyn loft of Alina Preciado.
Photos: Courtesy of Studio Gild / Dwell
This Barcelona flat is a newly renovated apartment with plenty of vintage charm, re-designed by interior decorator Silvia Rademakers, located in Barcelona, Spain. This beautiful home showcases open spaces bathed in light and is reflected throughout thanks to white walls and the attractive mixture of industrial and vintage design that brings warmth to the environments. The reform involved keeping doors to a minimum with space interconnected. The living room was opening up to the hallway to give depth of space. The owners also wanted to re-organize the closet in their bedroom to be more functional and spacious. To do this, they fitted out the adjoining room with floor to ceiling cabinets and better integrated the connection to the bedroom. In the bathroom, a window was installed to facilitate natural light into the shower. After the construction was completed, they owners focused on decorating their newly well-distributed home. The wooden flooring throughout most of the home reflected the light penetrating through the windows, so the walls and ceiling were also kept white for illumination and the enhanced effect of spaciousness.
Since the white paint gives a sense of coolness to the space, textures were introduced to create warm, welcoming environments. Plush cushions and soft throws create a cozy feel and fur area rugs adds warmth to the floors to tread barefoot, especially in the bedrooms. Decorative elements were added to the apartment to help create a sense of intimacy, and reflect the personality of the owners. These elements includes the chandelier in the dining room, the garland of cloth above the master bed and the child’s bedroom; old suitcases were re-purposed and stacked into a side table next to the living room sofa. There is also an old trunk finished with pink brushstrokes at the foot of the master bed, which adds color and character.
Love apartment renovations as much as we do here on 1 Kindesign? Tell us about a renovation experience you had in the comments section below. If you are still looking for more inspiration, have a look at these past articles we have featured, Charming retro apartment in Madrid brimming with personality and Adorable tiny apartment with intriguing layout in Sweden. Still want more? Check out our Pinterest page on Apartments and Lofts here:
Photos: Mi Casa
Interior IG is a small bachelor apartment designed to create a cozy yet highly functional interior atmosphere by INT2 Architecture, located in Minsk, Belarus. With a total surface area of 742 square feet (69 square meters), this home is a transition point for a young programmer for the next couple of years. Structured on one level, all spaces are kept open, with the only isolated areas being the bedroom and bathrooms. The bedroom is limited by a glass partition, helping to make the space feel larger and to bring sunlight into the room. A drapery curtain inside the bedroom can be pulled across for privacy. Metal has been a consistent element seen throughout the interior scheme, such as the living room cabinet, bar shelf, dining and coffee table. This is not the only industrial elements within this project, you see open air ducts, the light fixtures, old boards on the bedroom wall with graffiti and the brick partition bedroom the living room and hallway. The interior colors are based on the contrast between white and shades of gray with pops of brightly colored accents.
Features of this home includes an open plan living, dining and kitchen with an island, a small office space, bedroom, water closet and shower room with a laundry and sink and cozy balcony. Its amazing how this apartment is so small yet so well designed, with everything a person could possibly need. What do you think, was this small project successfully designed?
Photos: Courtesy of INT2 Architecture
Manitou Lodge is a modern cottage retreat conceived for a family that loves to entertain, cook, and eat by Prototype Design Lab, located at Lake Manitou, Ontario, Canada. The brief was to plan for a lifestyle based around the kitchen — the centerpiece of the home.
Description of the project from the architects: They enjoy sharing their cooking passion and don’t want to be isolated from all the activity. For them, the kitchen is the communal area where experimentation and conversation about, and it’s for this reason that the kitchen became the center of our design focus. We knew that this space had to be functional, but incredible.
The kitchen starts out like a restaurant kitchen, with durable, stainless steel surfaces, but is designed to be warm and eclectic with a great mix of modern & vintage fixtures; pendant lamps, floating shelves and stunning blackened steel-framed chalkboard panels acting as cabinet doors.
Then there are some really warm elements such as a reclaimed barn wood wall and ceiling feature, marble counter tops, glass shelving and salvaged beam table. The palette of the space suggest vintage, contemporary and industrial all at the same time!
Photos: Sergio Sabag
The Williamsburg loft is a 3,500 square foot live / work space designed in an industrial style by Ensemble Architecture, located in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. This stunningly designed artist’s loft is inhabited by a creatively talented married couple, he is a chef and food writer and she is a sculptor. The couple discovered this spacious ground floor industrial space after spending years looking for an industrial space to renovate. They wanted the space to not only function as a comfortable home to relax and enjoy when not working, but also to be used as workspaces for both of their disciplines. Almost half the space has been divided into a sculpture studio, while the other half encompasses daily living and includes a spacious chef’s kitchen that is used for TV productions and events. On office situated just off the kitchen to be conveniently accessed while cooking for writing and to take care of other business that is related to cooking.
The work zones can be found on one side, the kitchen, living area, and bedroom on the other. Pocket doors create sometimes- there walls between her studio and the living room; his office, just off the kitchen, can similarly be concealed. The doors weigh about 150 pounds each but are designed to support up to 200 pounds of art.
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Monumental, ten-foot by fifteen-foot sliding partitions function to open or close the work spaces from the living spaces creating a flexible balance between live and work.
They used the least expensive marble they could find for the central island and the glossiest Ikea cabinets available. “Everything we put in was very clean—new and crisply detailed, to contrast with the industrial materials,” states the architect. “The best features of the existing space were the unpainted wood ceiling and columns.”
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
This loft apartment designed by Cloud Studios offers industrial style open plan living infused with natural light, located in an old factory near Edgware Road, London, England. The loft was completely renovated in 2014 and featured in Elle Decoration’s 25th Anniversary Issue, October 2014.
Description from the designers: The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space.
The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critail windows and exposed pipes).
The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.
Cloud, set up by Nia Morris and Louise Holt, has an established reputation for creating elegant, contemporary interiors for a wide range of residential and commercial projects, from prestigious London and country houses to apartments, offices and hotels. Characterized by creativity balanced by practicality and a highly personal service, we provide innovative design solutions in all the services we offer, from complete refurbishment to interior decoration of individual rooms, space planning, lighting design, bespoke furniture and bathroom and kitchen design.
Photos: Courtesy of Cloud Studios
Aptly named ‘Flatiron Loft meets meets Bali’, this family style loft was renovated by Matiz Architecture & Design (MAD), located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York. The tone was influenced by Balinese craft juxtaposed with the Industrial style of New York City. Completed in 2015, the loft is comprised of 1,900 square feet of sumptuous living space.
From the designer: Details include imported materials such as hand-painted floor tiles, custom made millwork and petrified wood all creating a contrast of colors and textures weaved throughout the space.
The lofty open floor plan connects the living room, den, dining area and kitchen providing functionality and comfort for the family lifestyle.
MAD’s architectural design practice stems from the belief that the built environment is a living breathing entity with the ability to express emotion and intimately engage with its surroundings. In leveraging spaces’ animated potential, MAD approaches every architectural project through a visceral lens and with an emotional depth upon which our clients have come to rely.
This practice operates in a range of scales and typologies, from single-family residences and stand-alone retail stores to large-scale university facilities and landmark renovation projects.
Photos: Hidenao Abe
Warner House is a renovated apartment offering an open, loft-like living space by Inside Out Architecture, located in the Clerkenwell section of central London. The renovation was carried out on behalf of a couple, which entailed removing interior walls of the 2,583 square foot apartment.
From the architect: Following the success of a number of London refurbishment projects, Inside Out Architecture was appointed to redesign the interior layout of a unique apartment space in Clerkenwell, Central London, in early 2012.
The existing building has an intriguingly tactile industrial structure, with exposed concrete beams and columns throughout its interior. These original structural elements proved far more captivating than the apartment’s existing interior, and IOA’s subsequent intervention sought to enhance their prominence.
Work began by stripping the old apartment back to its basic shell and exposing the dramatic geometry of the concrete beams. A number of spaces – including a TV room, two bedrooms, separate family and guest bathrooms, a utility room and an adaptable guest bedroom – were then “inserted” into this hollow shell.
These inserts came in the form of numerous bespoke joinery pieces, designed with a light touch and simple smooth finishes to contrast with, and hence emphasise, the strength of the textured concrete structure. By stopping these joinery inserts short of the overhead beams, the architects expressed them as something secondary to the structure. It was then possible to step these partitions back at high level to align with concrete beam junctions. This enabled the creation of a suitable layout in plan while ensuring that full acoustic separation was achieved in a way that respected the complex soffit geometry. Despite their simple expression, the joinery pieces house a wealth of concealed functions including fold out beds, integrated radiators, storage units, kitchen appliances, glazed screens, curtain recesses, sliding partitions and the entire family bathroom.
In the living area a bespoke island kitchen was introduced to provide a focal point for activity within a large open plan space. A suspended aluminium profile provided functional downlighting while simultaneously uplighting the concrete soffit to create a comfortable warm atmosphere, giving the clients the flexibility they require.
In combination, the project’s lighting, tones and textures collude to create a series of tranquil domestic spaces amidst the bustle of central London.
Photos: Jim Stephenson
476 Broadway is a stunning contemporary loft that has been designed by interior architecture studio Casamanara, located in SoHo, a district in Lower Manhattan, New York. This fascinating project encompasses the interior renovation and re-decoration of a 2,500 square foot loft situated in an iconic building. The bright and colorful interiors showcase a very homy ambiance within an industrial shell. Light wooded flooring run throughout most of the interiors, helping to keep the space feeling light and airy. Area rugs help to delineate spaces as well as retractable glass walls between living zones, helping to keep the home feeling spacious. High ceilings and white walls are in keeping with the brightness of the space and all the tall windows helps flood the interiors with natural light.
The super cozy living space pictured above can be conveniently closed off from the rest of the interiors by factory glass retractable walls. The spacious chefs kitchen features beautiful blue cabinetry and an island for casual dining. Above the kitchen is a skylight, pulling in light from above and eliminating the need for task light during the day while working in the kitchen. Adjacent is a dining table that seats ten, perfect for entertaining family and friends. We would love to hear your thoughts on this loft, could you see yourself living here?
Love lofts? Have a look at some others we have showcased here on 1 Kindesign and get inspired: The Loft showcasing inspirational modern details in Amsterdam and Industrial style live / work space in New York: Williamsburg Loft.
Photos: Evan Joseph
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