One aspect of the industrial look that we just love is the mixing of old and new materials to create something with both vintage and modern details. In this Professional Project, we talk with Daniel Henkel of Design 42 Architecture in New York City about a recent project where he led the efforts on a gut renovation of a home just blocks from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
“The building was thought to have been an old printing press,” Daniel says, “so our clients had the idea to create an open space with an industrial elegance.” As with any tall space, bringing the light back down to a human scale was a challenging aspect according to Daniel. He created ambient light by uplighting the newly exposed vaults with cove lighting. Over the dining nook, Daniel installed two Austin Wall Sconces at mid-wall height to provide plenty of light on the table below.
“These fixtures are mounted to an old cast iron plate that used to hang vertically in front of the steam pipes on the outside wall,” he explains. “We repurposed it to marry the new to the old and it helped to visually connect the fixtures to what would have been a blank wall.”
In the master bath, the homeowners chose two Topless Wire Guard Sconces to carry the industrial look into that space as well. This American made rustic sconce comes in a variety of finish colors and three glass choices to complement any dècor. These industrial wall lights serve double duty by lighting up the mirrors that also hang from the backing plate.
“The bathroom sconces were chosen for their function and the client really wanted the hung mirrors,” Daniel says. “The sconces provide the perfect light at the right location — on their faces.” With both sets of lights, Daniel was able to customize the look of the light to meet his clients’ expectations for this beautiful space.
“The fixtures are industrial but paired with finer finishes, we were able to achieve the industrial elegance we were looking for,” he says.
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Above photos courtesy Design 42 Architecture and Photographer Daniel Talonia