Industrial Chic continues at Warehouse 414. We got on a roll and our new offerings this week are, again, Industrial Chic plus we’ve added a couple vases for something pretty. I think I said it all last week regarding my feeling that Industrial Chic is here to stay. At least till I’m not doing this anymore! So, I’m not going to babble on and on I’ll just give you a little overview of each of our items listed this week. Remember to click on the photo to see the complete listing on our website.
First is a sweet petite antique industrial apothecary cabinet. This is such an adorable little industrial cupboard. A perfect bathroom storage cabinet. It retains its original tag stating Woolf Instrument Corporation Manufacturers of Ophthalmic Appliances 516 Fifth Ave. New York, New York. It is comprised of painted steel with a stepped back shape that stands on cast iron curvy cabriole legs with ball feet. The upper stepped back portion has a pair of steel framed beveled glass doors with a great little nickel-plated twist latch. The perfect place for toiletries. The bottom deeper portion has a full width shallow drawer with nickel plated bin pull handles and an open storage space that is just crying out for rolled up towels. Below that and holding the cabriole legs together is an open shelf just waiting for pretty little boxes or jars of more bathroom accoutrement. Of course, it could be used in a bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, or living room. And, I can see it making the best little dry bar around. So many possibilities!!!! Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
Next are five industrial shelving units. These incredible vintage steel shelving units will make the best library or place to display your collections, whether it’s in your industrial loft or you are giving a fabulous industrial, modern country, or rustic look to your home or apartment. These shelves would also be awesome in a kitchen! Each shelving unit is comprised of four angled steel corners, which are supplied with holes every inch so that the shelves can be adjusted. There are six shelves per unit providing seven openings and each opening is 12 inches deep. That will hold a lot of stuff! They have their original factory gray / green paint, and each have their own individual beautiful age patina which is, obviously, part of their charm. These are absolutely fabulous and if you are interested in them I wouldn’t wait too long. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
The third piece could be a writing desk. Or, it could be a hall table. Or, it could be a make-up vanity. It could be called Art Deco, Machine Age, Streamline Modern, Art Moderne, or even Mid-Century Modern. We hope you will call it yours. It retains its original Royal Metal Manufacturing oval tag. Most likely made for their Royalchrome, aka Royal Chrome, line. Royal Metal Co. started in business in 1897. In 1921 they were purchased by Heywood Wakefield but continued manufacturing under the Royal Metal Co. name. They employed some of the great machine age designers, KEM Weber, Donald Deskey, and Alfons Bach. This is a design classic. It is timeless and wonderful. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
The fourth item is a single stack of gym lockers and they are driving me crazy because they’ve made me have an earworm!! I keep singing Aerosmith’s Walk This Way! “There was three young ladies in the school gym locker, When I noticed they was lookin’ at me”…………..Oh! Anyway. These are awesomely cool and so ugly they are beautiful. You need this kind of wonderful in your life. This single column cubical style gym locker in all its distressed and patinated glory is just what the designer would order. This locker is comprised of six individual cubicles with louver vented doors to air out those stinky gym clothes and a hasp for a padlock to keep them safe. It is held up off the floor by slender angle iron legs. Someone along the line has added needed u-pulls to open the doors. The unit was painted tan many moons ago on the front and one side with the back and opposite side remaining the original gray/green. We assume this was once the end unit of a continuous bank of lockers. I can just hear the squeaking of gym shoes on the basketball court when I look at this great vintage piece. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
The final Industrial Chic item and the pièce de résistance is this phenomenal Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Machine Age black and chrome desk. This is such an incredible desk and piece of history, where do I start. It was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for Texaco gas stations. And was produced by Royal Metal. What more prestige and history could one piece have. It is comprised of a steel box which has a textured black painted finish and three equal size drawers. The box is floating in a continuous chrome tube S-shaped frame with the frame alone supporting the black laminate-like top with its ribbed aluminum trim and creating the legs. It retains its original Royal Metal tag and I won’t go into Royal Metal again since can read about them in the paragraph above. But, I will tell you a little bit about Walter Dorwin Teague (USA, 1883-1960). He has come to be known as the Dean of Industrial Design. He pioneered in the establishment of industrial design as a profession along with Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss. In addition to designing the entire Texaco gas station inside and out, he designed for Eastman Kodak; he designed the Marmon 16, the first automobile to be conceived by an industrial designer; the Steinway Peace Piano; 32 design patterns for Steuben Glass; The Sparton Bluebird Radio; as well as passenger cars and diners for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. The company he founded is still operating in Seattle and designing under the name of Teague with clients the likes of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Boeing to name only a few. I could go on forever about the attributes of this desk and Teague. If you want to learn more about him, Wikipedia does a good job. As for the desk, maybe you should just own it and you can sing its praises. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
We also listed a couple pretty vases. One is a Japanese Art Deco lusterware vase circa 1940s shaped somewhat like a rocket ship! And the other is monumental classic style German floor vase by S & G Keramik circa 1950s. Both are very good examples of their particular type of pottery/ceramics and of their age and style. You should click on the link and read about them.
And this, my friends, concludes my blog. Whew! Great stuff. Until next time……..enjoy your life and your home! Chris