Saturday, April 2, 2011

Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution took place during the 18th and 19th centuries, starting within the textiles industry.  The utilization of powered machinery and production lines emerged as prominent pieces of manufacturing.  Functionality became king and forever changed the face of industry and society. 

Now, we have seen a type of Industrial Revolution take place within the design world.  It started in Europe more than 10 years ago, with sprinklings of the industrial influence emerging in urban areas.  The limited space in Eurpean city flats meant that furniture needed to be purposeful, useful.  Sure enough, though the trend started as a necessity for the practical, the trend caught on and is now a clearly defined segment in design. 

After our monstrous change in the economic climate of our world, I believe, our way of thinking has changed.  This factor alone has had an influence on our current design state and has caused a renewed interest in the industrial elements.  The utilitarianism of this movement has also struck a cord with many designers and can be seen in many homes.  We want our pieces of furniture to be practical, as well as serving a purpose from an aesthetic stand point.  And in that sense, we our facing our own sort of industrial revolution.

I will leave you with this final thought... The English architect William Morris wrote that you shouldn’t have anything in your home that is not functional or beautiful.

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