Inspired by the residences of the New York artists of the 50s and 60s, the loft-industrial style starts from the recovery of former industrial spaces for residential purposes, but more and more often, in small, also artisan workshops or commercial spaces. Sometimes they are simply historical buildings, without a particular value of merit, which however has elements rich in potential.
As can be seen in this renovation project, which features an apartment located in a building of the early twentieth century, in one of the oldest and most popular neighborhoods in the city of Barcelona.
Something we noticed in our work as interior designers are that our customers struggle to imagine the potential of certain buildings or homes. We must not judge the apartments to be restored for what we see at the moment, but for the particularities they have and that can be exploited.
In our cities, we don’t often find a house with open spaces and very high ceilings, like a real loft. Those who love this style can make it even in small rooms, following a few but fundamental rules.
The main feature of this type of renovation is that of preserving and displaying the structural parts of the building, leaving as much as possible visible: brick walls, beams, pillars, etc. The dividing elements between the spaces are reduced to a minimum, thus obtaining deliberately open and spacious environments.
Here, for example, we find ourselves in an old building renovated to preserve the original elements, such as vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, and wooden doors and windows. The original brick wall was painted white, a bit to increase the brightness in a rather dark apartment, a little because it is less expensive than to completely restore the brick. The old wooden floor, in very bad condition, has been replaced by a resin coating, concrete effect.
Given the long and narrow shape of the apartment and the presence of a few windows, instead of constructing new masonry partitions, opting for operable glass walls of undoubted charm, but also of extreme functionality, was opted for. The transparent divisions, like these windows, offer a total visual communication and allow natural light to freely seep through the spaces. These glass walls, made to measure by a blacksmith with black iron frames, were fundamental in the renovation project.
Regarding the choice of colors, white, gray and black are the main shades. The walls are painted white, except in the kitchen area and in the study corner, where two niches, created by the closure of existing openings with the rest of the building, were painted with opaque black enamel. A cold material like metal (that of the frames of the glass walls) must be balanced with wooden elements such as the bases of the kitchen containers, the table and the bench in lived wood.
The result of the renovation recalls the past of this space and blends with a vintage style decoration enriched by some design elements, which give the most appropriate finishing touch. In fact, the secret to furnishing an industrial-style home is to maintain modern and clean lines, minimal furnishings and finish everything with some vintage-looking elements.