As space for land development in cities shrinks and city dwellers tire of cookie-cutter apartment towers, a love for historical buildings has returned. The initial interest in “lofts” began in SoHo, New York, in the 1970s, and the love of warehouse buildings—often in attractive waterside locations—has since become a global phenomenon.
Drawing on her personal experience living in a Grade II listed mill, Sophie Bush has amassed a wealth of knowledge and understanding about which ingredients make an industrial building perfect for contemporary living. Warehouse Home is the ultimate resource for everything from how best to preserve and complement original architectural features to style ideas for adapting vintage and reclaimed pieces for modern décor.
The first section, “Architectural Features,” looks at how to make the most of a space while retaining its original features, such as exposed brickwork and concrete floors. It also draws on examples of former industrial buildings across the world that have been renovated to create distinctive homes and workspaces. The second section, “Decorative Details,” provides tips on how to recreate the warehouse aesthetic in any home, from repurposing pallets and breeze-blocks as furniture to transforming exhaust cones into unique lighting fixtures. A reference section provides ideas on where to source everything from furniture to finishes.
As much a dazzling celebration of global industrial heritage as it is a look-book for anyone planning to outfit a new space with a nod to a simultaneously gritty and sleek aesthetic… Bush showcases the architectural features of warehouses and factories—columns, beams, concrete, doors, windows and more—illustrating how architects and homeowners have incorporated these into modern living spaces the world over.
— Susannah Felts BookPage
Sophie Bush is the editor of Warehouse Home, an online and print magazine focused on warehouse living.