Vintage Industrial Furniture – Phoenix Home & Garden July 2012

Getbackinc PhoenixHomeAndGarden July 2012The so-called Second Industrial Revolution (from about 1870 to 1914) has been considered a turning point in the development of modern industry in America. For example, according to the U.S. Department of State, 1890 Census data showed for the first time that the output of U.S. factories surpassed that of U.S. farms, and by 1913, America was responsible for more than one-third of the world’s industrial production.

As a result, factories and institutions were filled with functional items manufactured during the first half of the 20th century. These ranged from industrial tables and chairs to metal cabinets, safes and carts. In recent years, these pieces—which define a style known as vintage industrial—have become sought-after collectibles.

Tim Byrne, whose company Get Back Inc. specializes in the restoration of vintage industrial furnishings, says the look resonates with people today because it harks back to America’s ingenuity, efficiency and innovation. “Because of modern technology, we’re losing the essence of craftsman-made pieces,” he comments. “It’s a connection to the past.”

Byrne and his company were forerunners in defining vintage industrial style and how it can be incorporated into modern-day homes. In the 1990s, the former cabinetmaker began collecting overlooked industrial pieces, most of which were salvaged from closed-down factories, schools, hospitals, jails and other institutional buildings.

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