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JUL 2018

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ACCESSORIES COUNT All styles improve with the right accessories, and industrial is no exception. But Raines, Rodriguez and Whall point out that in the accessories category, "industrials" is a catchall phrase. It's wide ranging, encompassing fixtures, building elements, equipment, tools and implements from old factories, found- ries, machine shops, laboratories, hospitals, stores, schools, farms, shipyards, airports and even streets. Wheels and gears and architectural salvage, such as col- umns, pediments and finials, are extremely sought after for industrial kitchen design. Also popular are molds and patterns for cast iron parts and lighting from photo studios, factories, labs, hospitals and schools. "But that's just for starters," notes Abeles. "There are myr- iad additional specialties. If it's old and graphically striking, it becomes an artifact." Artist Larry Ruhr even turns industrial artifacts into sculp- tures. Typical art pieces of his include anvil shears, wrenches and paint brushes, and many have even made it into prestigious museum collections. One remarkable piece of his is a Chicago manhole cover with the original glass pieces still intact. Still another form for industrial accessories comes from MotoArt in Torrance, CA. That company crafts industrial sculptures, lamps, tables and wall art out of scrapped planes, including iconic B-17s. Barry Dobinsky, a prominent antiques dealers in Bridge- hampton, NY says he never passes up an opportunity to snap up machinists' tables and tool cabinets. "The tables make great dining tables for people who like large dinner parties," he says. "Some of them can seat 14 to 16 people. And the tool cabinets offer fantastic storage. Machinists used to have their own tools, and often they built their own cabinets. They make wonderful accents." In fact, some items, such as wheeled foundry trolleys, which make great kitchen carts, and tripod lamps, have gone so main- stream that they're being reproduced by Restoration Hardware. Designers often go regional when they choose industrial accessories. Raines likes to frame photographs from old facto- ries and institutions. "Los Angeles, for example, was a hubbub of hat making," she notes. "And, of course, there is the early filmmaking to celebrate with all sorts of artifacts. In Florida, boats and fisheries are sources for marvelous artifacts. "Here in North Carolina, we have a strong tradition of tobacco growing and manufacturing. These days, the tobacco industry has given birth to another industry: handcrafted tops for kitchen and bar counters. Tobacco leaves are laid down in a pattern, embedded in resin and then lacquered. You know the effect from amber with embedded fossils? The countertops are stunning and making inroads in North Carolinian kitchens." So, where do you find the artifacts? Antique dealers stock them, but flea markets and salvage yards as well as yard and estate sales can also be rich sources for future designs. ▪ steel appliances and a unique metal bridge for lighting, it is striking, yet welcoming. MacFadden says it was specifically designed to serve large parties as well as quick family meals. That kitchen came in first in the National Kitchen & Bath Association's annual design contest. It doesn't take much to give a kitchen an industrial vibe. Linda Liebenow of LLJ Interior Design in La Verne, CA proved that when she created a kitchen/family room for a homeowner who loves to entertain. "The galley kitchen in the home she purchased wouldn't do at all," tells Liebenow. "So we blew out the space, taking down the wall between the kitchen and family room, and created a 9' island with plenty of room for hanging out. The island's cabi- nets are dark espresso and the wall cabinets are cream with a coffee glaze for an aged effect. The quartz countertop, sink and faucets are also dark brown, and to get that New York loft look, we installed a brick veneer backsplash. For some restaurant aura, we added open shelving." Another example of the wide range of spaces that can benefit from an industrial makeover comes from Tampa, FL. There, a backlog of vintage bungalows are being rehabbed, and Dagmara Rodriguez of Ma-hu Design in Fort Lauderdale helped a college student make one of them a fun and func- tional home. Rodriguez describes it as industrial meets boho. "That's what I love about industrial," she says. "It mingles well with so many other styles." "In the bungalow, we kept the old hardwood floors and used lots of metal accents," she explains. "Industrial pipes supported shelving, lighting consisted of vintage bulbs and we hunted for industrial furnishings, such as a wheeled factory cart that became a table." Hand-crafted counter and table tops featuring tobacco leaves embedded in resin and then lacquered recall North Carolina's tobacco industry. To give this rehabbed kitchen an industrial vibe, designer Linda Liebenow of LLJ Interiors in La Verne, CA, added a brick veneer backsplash and glazed cabinets for an aged effect. An antique film projector and other quirky finds accessorize the mantel in this Tampa kitchen designed by Fort Lauderdale designer Dagmara Rodriguez, who de- scribes the style as 'industrial meets boho.' Photo: LLJ Interiors Photo: Vanessa Rodriguez Photo: Leigh Anne Raines 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 STYLE ALERT

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