Name That Look

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Somebody come up with a name, please.  There’s an aesthetic out there that’s reached critical proportions on Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, but nobody knows what to call it.

City Foundry is a mad, fascinating jumble of early industrial-era relics and mid-20th century lamps and furnishings

City Foundry is a mad, fascinating jumble of early industrial-era relics and mid-20th century lamps and furnishings

The sign outside City Foundry‘s annex  reads “vintage industrial.”

Brian Cousins of Darr says, “We’re a prop shop.”

The owner of the new cafe/ restaurant, Building on Bond (large photo, bottom), around the corner at Pacific and Bond, whose interior is an ingenuious re-purposing of found wood and industrial parts, calls it “3-D collage,” with a nod to the Arts and Crafts movement.

City Foundry

City Foundry

90-year-old wood molds from an upstate factory at Rico

90-year-old wood molds from an upstate factory at Rico's annex store

The look involves machine cogs from the early industrial era, antique medical supplies, Edison light bulbs in metal cages, drafting stools from bygone architectural offices, bones and antlers, bronze busts and worn wood library shelves — even (at Darr, top photo) taxidermied bison heads and a ten-foot-tall stuffed grizzly.

Cabinet of curiosities?  Mad scientist?  Industrial chic?

Any other suggestions?  Or thoughts on when it’s gonna stop?!

Busted at Darr

Busted at Darr

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3 Responses to Name That Look

  1. Melissa says:

    I like Industrial Chic.

  2. astor C. says:

    re: the medical oddities, police files, taxidermy, etc, how about Creep Chic?

  3. Brian Darr says:

    Reminds me of Paxton Gate here in San Francisco. Which in turn reminds me of the animated films of Jan Svankmajer of Czechoslovakia. Perhaps “Svank” could be a useful descriptor?

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