Concrete wallpaper does not meet Industrial standards

The Industrial look is certainly in vogue at the moment. Weathered and used textures, hard lines, exposed brick and metal – a nod to the brutal practicality of Victorian factories and warehouses. It’s a trend that’s been identified by Kronospan this year in their Fresh range, and when done well can really bring a rustic charm to an environment.

Reading through Design Milk yesterday I found an article which takes the idea of industrialism to the extreme. Dutch designer Piet Boon has collaborated with NLXL to create ‘Concrete Wallpaper’.

As you’d expect, and can see, the wallpaper mimics the look of concrete in various shapes and forms. It’s suggested as a solution to those who like the concrete ‘look’ but don’t quite want to go all the way.

The industrial look is rough, ready, but must most of all maintain an authentic aesthetic. Concrete Wallpaper, I’m afraid, will certainly look entirely fake on closer inspection, and unlike many aspects of industrial design, will not stand the test of time – stylistically, or practically. Exposed walls, sawn wood, rusty metal work all have an edgy charm, which concrete lacks. Just look at Coventry – a permanent reminder of the rush in the 50s and 60s to replace buildings in the most grey and drab way possible.

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