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This Overlooked Design Element Is the Secret to a Stylish Space

published Oct 23, 2019
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When we think about designing our spaces, it’s easy to get hung up on the obvious elements like color and scale. But there’s another major design element we tend to take for granted even though it has the potential to create a room that feels “alive,” and that’s material. Good materials go a long way, and Industry West‘s creative — and sometimes daring — use of different materials is what makes their pieces feel so stylish, grown-up, and unique.

Being picky about what your furniture is made of isn’t just a way to make smart purchases. It’s also a great way to create a stylish space. Of course, color is great. But textures like leather and cane add depth to a space, encouraging the eye to linger.

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Fall in Love with Leather

One of our favorite Industry West pieces is the Tobati Chair. It’s part of their partnership with Sol&Luna, a Spanish manufacturer that’s known around the world for their elegant, leather-covered pieces. All their leather products are handmade using an eco-friendly tanning process and display subtle natural variations in graining and color. The Tobati Chair is the kind of statement piece that will make a whole room. It’s made with the kind of quality that ensures you’ll have it for a long time.

The Giron Dining chair, with its leather-covered seat and exposed stitching, is one of those pieces that gets more beautiful the closer you look. The Hovy Chair takes a familiar shell chair shape and renders it fresh and exciting in new materials. It’s admittedly a bit of a splurge, but this Large Leather Basket would make a great catch-all for blankets, pillows, and anything that needs a home; it’s a great way to control clutter and add style to your space at the same time. And speaking of controlling clutter, you can never have too many hooks.

Some other Industry West leather pieces we love include the Olsen Lounge Chair, a statement piece that’s equal parts gorgeous and comfortable. Think of it as a design-friendly alternative to the recliners of yesteryear. The channel-tufted McQueen Sofa is almost painfully cool and comes at a price that’s quite reasonable for a leather sofa.

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Go Crazy for Cane

Since we’re talking about materials, we’d be remiss not to mention Industry West’s Cane Collection, which incorporates this very of-the-moment material into gorgeous, minimal pieces that have the makings of modern classics. The Cane Lounge Chair is all you need to take your living room (or any other room) to the next level. It comes in five different colors and would look pretty dreamy surrounded by a host of plants.

If you’re looking for just a little cane, try the Cane Counter Stool, which is made from solid ash wood. Or try the Cane Nightstand to bring the look into the bedroom. Whatever you choose, these are pieces that are sure to elevate your look — and are built to last for a long, long time.