The trend towards industrial style has been building up for a while and it came into its own a couple of years ago. The presence of texture, strong lines, a mix of materials as metal and wood, and a look at the not too distant past of the Nineteenth Century Industrial Revolution all distinguish this style.
This casual contemporary look originated in France and was then popularized in America by Restoration Hardware. Jackie Hirschhaut of AHFA says “Its prevalence now, in everything from luxury brands to more mainstream furniture lines, is hard to explain, but it may have something to do with the interesting contrast it provides for our complex, technology-driven lifestyles.”
The industrial style in furniture is sometimes not just restricted to the way it looks, as you will find that some of the furniture is made from reclaimed wood and old factory hardware. Quite remarkably only minimal restoration has turned that material into very striking and functional furniture pieces.