For the right type of space, these old industrial pipes, repurposed by Stella Bleu Designs into shelves, coat racks, pot racks, and lighting fixtures, are versatile and stylish enough to make you want to keep all your storage out in plain sight.
Stella Bleu designer Katie Katzenmeyer refashions heavy iron piping into an array of configurations for everything from a tight corner to a full wall. These edgy designs are at once modern yet historical-looking, like a renovated loft building. Stack your books in fresh and fun arrangements, or go beyond the boring metal garment rack to display all your clothing.
Stella Bleu (named after Katzenmeyer's daughter) also makes multipurpose fixtures with lightbulbs and lamp shades attached, turning simple shelves into sconces and floor lamps.
For an even more industrial look, the whitewash technique (available as a custom order) gives a distressed and aged appearance to the piping — so it looks like you found "oh, that old thing?" at a fab flea market.
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(Images: Stella Bleu Designs)