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JUL 2018

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The edgy looks and functions of urban lofts and restaurant kitchens have gone mainstream. In the second article in KBDN's new Style Alert series, designers talk about this trend. BY LIS KING Industrial Chic ndustrial chic, the style that has roots in yesteryear's gritty sweatshops, has emerged as a very cool look for kitchens. The style takes as many forms as the lofts, textile mills, fisheries and factories that inspired it, but certain elements, such as bricks, concrete and metals are staples, and some- how, in designers' hands, they can create kitchens that range anywhere from relaxed to refined and from strictly functional to wildly glamorous. Leigh Ann Raines of Chic by Design, in Clemmons, NC feels that the style works especially well for kitchens because it focuses on function and yet offers so many opportunities for excitement. "I love that it finds beauty in aged and worn materials," she says. "It's so relaxed. Kids and pets are okay in a kitchen like that. At the same time, you can turn on the chic with texture contrasts and quirky vintage accents." She thinks nostalgia plays a part in the style's appeal. "I think there's enormous appreciation of our country's industrial heritage," she states. "We love the inventiveness, toughness and energy that made us the engine of the world. Look at the way people are now gravitating toward rehabbed commercial buildings in downtown areas. Yes, part of it is the convenience of being in the midst of everything, but there's also history to savor. Imagine the stories those walls could tell." Recycling is another factor in the industrial style's popu- larity, according to Liz Whall, a designer who works both in New York and California. "Re-using materials and spaces is a powerful motivation," she says. "Homeowners love the idea of being less wasteful, and that's exactly what they achieve when they go for a converted commercial space and keep the exposed brick walls, ducts and pipes. Of course, it doesn't hurt that such spaces can also be so exciting." I Photo: Peter Rymwid 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 STYLE ALERT

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