Inspiration for the Industrial-style interior - Criterion Industries

March 08, 2018

The Appeal of Industrial Style in Modern Design

The industrial look has been a consistently desired aesthetic for modern interior styling. Its roots stem from utilitarian purposes where efficiency, safety, and functionality were top priorities. The industrial revolution saw a surge in manufacturing, with buildings featuring exposed elements like metal, brick, and wood, defining the factory and warehouse environment. Today, offices, apartments, galleries, coworking spaces, and more are designed with these elements for style rather than function.


Why is this style so coveted?


The industrial style lends itself well to commercial spaces due to its openness, expansiveness, and large windows. Old factory buildings offer an abundance of natural light and wide open spaces that can be sectioned or used for open-plan layouts.

When repurposed as loft homes, old industrial buildings retain some raw elements while softening the interior for livability. The style tends towards minimalism but offers opportunities for mixing effects. By combining exposed elements with clean lines, there is freedom to play with textures, colors, and lighting. Incorporating nature into the space can also harmonize with existing natural elements like metal and wood.


How the IBeam Interplays Raw and Refined


Criterion’s IBeam was designed with this aesthetic in mind. This bold partition can be used for grand showrooms, retail and hospitality spaces, as well as corporate and residential settings.

How IBeam can be used in a restaurant fit out, combining both a classic and modern touch

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With its sleek finish, IBeam pairs well with natural and raw elements to create a complementary mixture of warmth, texture, and ambience.

The frame is fully adaptable and has the flexibility to be installed at various stages of a project, including post plasterwork. IBeam makes a powerful statement in any fitout, paying homage to traditional structural elements.


Technical Details:


The IBeam T-Junction enables three-way glazing options.

The Stick-On Crossbeam can be used with double-sided tape to create a stylish framed glass look with minimal glazing.

The IBeam Corner Detail replicates the function of three separate profiles.

The Sliding Track integrates with the Arctic Roller to create a tiny 4mm clearance between the top of the door and the sliding track, delivering a low-clearance, soft-close finish for sliding doors.

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