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Industrial Folk Art

INDUSTRIAL STYLE

Industrial floor lamps, bar stools, desks and other industrial-style furnishings have experienced a resurgence in popularity with the rise of interest in minimalist design.

It's a look that celebrates the past even as it suggests vigor, productivity and brawn. The newly chic industrial style of decor repurposes the simple, sturdy furniture of an earlier world of commerce — brushed-metal storage cabinets and display shelves, task lamps and pendant lights with enameled shades, work tables with worn wooden tops and cast-iron bases — and couples them with aesthetic touches emblematic of energy and optimism, from bright upholstery fabrics to flowers.

The rise in prominence of the industrial style has come hand-in-hand with the residential repurposing of former manufacturing and warehouse districts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In many loft apartments created in shuttered factories, the architectural envelope has been left intact.

Industrial-style interiors feature elements like raw brick walls, exposed steel beams and oak floors whose history is written in every pit and gouge. Iron and glass transom windows give definition and interest to small kitchen areas anchored by kitchen islands made of marble, steel and brass, while taxidermy or vintage neon signs serve as wall art in living rooms dotted with leather club chairs. Patina is the keynote to a decor in sync with such surroundings. 

On 1stDibs you will find industrial furniture designs that wear their age beautifully — and were built to last.

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Style: Industrial
Large Vintage Green Iron Facade Letter I , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “ I “was made during the 1970s in former Czechoslovakia and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 4 kg.
Category

Late 20th Century Czech Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Large Tin Beer Sign 1955
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large Tin beer sign dated 1955. A Vintage beer sign - tin sign made for Daddy's Super Ale. Made in Brussels by Sobi in 1955. A gentleman dressed in suit with tie and beautiful well-...
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Large Vintage Green Iron Facade Letter V , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “V”was made during the 1970s in former Czechoslovakia and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 4 kg.
Category

1970s Czech Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Large Vintage Green Iron Facade Letter A, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “ A “was made during the 1970s in former Czechoslovakia and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 4,5 kg.
Category

1970s Czech Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Large Vintage Green Iron Facade Letter N , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “N “was made during the 1970s in former Czechoslovakia and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 9 kg.
Category

1970s Czech Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Large Vintage Green Iron Facade Letter A, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “ A “was made during the 1970s in former Czechoslovakia and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 7 kg.
Category

1970s Czech Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Large Vintage Green Iron Facade Letter L , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “L“was made during the 1970s in former Czechoslovakia and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 4 kg.
Category

1970s Czech Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Mid Century Japanese Tin Litho Toy Car Ford Falcon Friction C1960
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Ford Falcon Japanese Tin Litho Friction Toy Car C1960. In excellent vintage condition with minimal, if any wear. Came from a large lot of toys th...
Category

1960s Japanese Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Japanese Tin Litho Friction Toy Car Chevrolet El Camino C1956
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fantastic friction motor and tin liho body in excellent vintage condition. C 1956 Chevrolet El Camino in red & black with a drop down tailgate. Japanese from the mid fifties. Believe...
Category

1950s Japanese Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Mid Century C1960 Japanese Tin Litho Friction Toy Car Chevrolet Corvair
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fantastic tin litho friction Chevy Corvair c1960 in very good condition, near mint. Ralph Nadar of course made the Corvair infamous in his book, "Unsafe At Any Speed" which led to th...
Category

1960s Japanese Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Late 20th Century "The Corner General Store" Original Modern Acrylic Painting of
Located in Cookeville, TN
Original Acrylic Painting Titled "The Corner General Store", this modern style painting of a city street has a partial sticker from an art competition on the back, but the artist nam...
Category

Late 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Wood, Paint

Vintage Retro Metal & Wooden Slatted Play Way Sledge, 60
Located in Leamington Spa, GB
The classics are definitely the best and this wooden slatted sledge is no exception. This sledge would make for a great prop or decorative piece this winter and all year along. Vibrant Blue steel metal frame with wooden slats. Manufactured by Play Way in the 60s A very sturdy sledge in good condition, it does have wear and tear but good for its age This antique vintage sleigh...
Category

Mid-20th Century British Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Breitling Retail Store Display Advertising Sign
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce vintage Breitling watch three-dimensional retail store advertising display stand window sign. Rare large free-standing example, only given to select dealers, featuring a tall rectangular solid wood frame, raised chrome Breitling letters, over a yellow jet plane in sculptural relief form, on a most distinctive artistically distressed background; the reverse finished with a flueele fabric and adorned with the Breitling 1884 logo; rising on metal feet. Dimensions: (approx) 29.5" High, 24.5" Wide, 5.5" Deep Condition Report: Great original unrestored vintage condition. Presents well. Some condition issues/retaining vintage character marks and charm, including scattered nicks, mainly to the front top right frame, minor scuffs to the letters, scratches, slight bend to left foot pad, all typical wear consistent with age and indicative of industrial use. At the time of writing this, we also have some other luxury watch store signage / merchandising displays, including Rolex, Panerai, Cartier, antique clock...
Category

Late 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Antique Steel & Cast Iron Bus Station Standing Pole Sign by J.G. Pollard Co.
Located in New York, NY
Manufactured by J.G. Pollard Co., a company with a long history dating back to its establishment in 1837 in Brooklyn, New York, this sign represents a part of the heritage of metal c...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel, Iron

Vintage Red Iron Facade Letter Z, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “Z” was made during the 1970s in Italy and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 1 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Vintage Blue Iron Facade Letter T, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “T” was made during the 1970s in Italy and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 1,2 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

2 Antique Primitive Industrial Cast Iron & Wood Block Pulley Hooks Starline 14"
Located in Dayton, OH
Two primitive antique iron and wood pulley hoist hooks, one by Starline. Rustic, nautical, industrial, farmhouse, cabin decor. DIMENSIONS: Large - 4.25” x 2.75” x 13.75” / Small -...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Timeless Reflections Medium Tan & Silver 240X300 cm Handknotted Rug
Located in Milano, IT
We present a masterpiece in the form of a Modern Rug, meticulously hand-knotted in the heart of rural India. Crafted from a luxurious combination of wool and bamboo silk, this rug ex...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Wool

Vintage Illuminated Letter P , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial illuminated facade letter P was made in Italy during the 1970s and comes from an old advertising banner. It features a black bakelite body and a white plexigl...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Bakelite, Plexiglass

Vintage Blue Iron Facade Letter Z, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “Z” was made during the 1970s in Italy and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 0,8 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Vintage Blue Iron Facade Letter N, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “N” was made during the 1970s in Italy and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 1 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Vintage Blue Iron Facade Letter U, 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial facade letter “U” was made during the 1970s in Italy and comes from an old advertising banner. The weight of the letter is 0,8 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Antique Atlantic City Souvenir Penny Game from Boardwalk Empire
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Historical artifact once used in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Maple cabinet with brass plaques and painted iron mechanism. Costing two quarters and a penny to play. Not tested ...
Category

20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Carousel Motorcycle - Motorbike by Fonlupt, France, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Carousel Motorcycle - Motorbike - Motor Bike by Fonlupt France. A French vintage child's motorbike used on the roundabout - merry-go-round - fairground - funfair. A 1950s metal r...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Princeton University Pennant Banner, circa 1920-1940 (FREE SHIPPING)
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Princeton University pennant banners with sewn letters and tassels. Creator A & Co. New York, Wright & Ditson Athletic. Date of manufa...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Felt

Early 20th C Cast Iron Toy Sedan by A C Williams Original Red with Nickel Wheels
By A. C. Williams Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and classic cast iron toy from the early thirties. In what looks like to the original Red with Nickel Wheels and the right amount of wear to th...
Category

1930s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron, Nickel

Midcentury Friction Tin Litho Soft Top Toy Car Fiat 600 by Bandai Japan
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and in near mint condition Fiat 600 with a rollback cloth convertible top. From a lot of seventeen that were probably stored from day one, and never played with. Made by Ban...
Category

1960s Japanese Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Painted Black Cat Door Stop with Arched Back, circa 1940
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous stylized cast iron cat with arched back possibly hissing. Hand painted and a rare form from the Art Deco period. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Tin & Wood Open Touring Hill Climber Toy Car by Clark, circa 1903
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous early toy example by the Clark co. This hill climber works great, and is almost totally complete. It's missing it's passenger in the back. Cast iron...
Category

Early 1900s American Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron, Tin

Large Princeton University Banner C.1914
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT An original large Princeton University banner class of 1914. Hand sewn letters and numbers. CREATOR Unknown. DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1914....
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Felt

Vintage Red Facade Letter I , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial plastic facade letter I was made in Italy during the 1970s and comes from an old advertising banner “ ROSTICCERIA”. The weight of the letter is 0.3 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Plastic

Vintage Red Facade Letter R , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial plastic facade letter R was made in Italy during the 1970s and comes from an old advertising banner “ ROSTICCERIA”. The weight of the letter is 0.5 kg.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Plastic

C1945 Cast Aluminum Trade Sign Form of a Key Keil Charlestown N.H. Keys Made
By Keil Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous cast aluminum trade sign circa 1945 depicting a actual key in red and silver. Perfect casting which retains its true color and material. Keil from Charlestown N.H. cast into...
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Aluminum

Folk Art Hand Painted Wood & Iron New Orleans Trolley Car
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous hand painted double decker trolley car with cast iron wheels that work. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
Category

1960s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Vintage Iron Milk Can Side Table, Powder Coated Bright Blue
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large antique 20th Century heavy iron milk container with handle and lid. Great Folk Art to use in a farm or country rustic decor. Large, traditional, heavy pot, freshly powder coated bright metallic blue with an original removable lid. Keep your house organized by placing this beautiful, antique milk...
Category

1930s Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Industrial Metal Milk Crate, Powder Coated Navy Blue, circa 1960's
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
1960s Industrial Metal milk crate. Freshly powder coated, the milk crate is sturdy and sleek in classic navy blue. A perfect addition to any room that needs...
Category

1960s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Double Sided Metal Motor Oil Sign c.1930
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT An original distressed double sided metal sign "Super Motor Oil" on one side and "Sonoco Hottest Brand Going" on the other side. CREATOR Unknown. DATE OF MANUFACTURE ...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Original Condition Industrial Era Beer Cooler from Bern-Wabern Switzerland
Located in Bridgeport, CT
An early 20th century beer cooler in original mustard paint from Switzerland. Large and very solid construction with Three doors all having the original Ir...
Category

Early 20th Century Swiss Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Cast Iron Vintage Door Stop of a Prancing Horse C1920
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous prancing horse door stop in cast iron. Great detail and patina.
Category

1920s British Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron, Nickel

Large Early 20th Century American Usg Sheetrock Advertising Porcelain Sign
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce antique, circa 1920s /1930s, USG (United States Gypsum) porcelain enameled advertising sign, early 20th century, industrial American Art Deco Modern taste. The large blu...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Vintage Enamel Letter N, 1930s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial enameled letter N was made during the 1930s and comes from the old advertising banner.
Category

Early 20th Century European Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

1940s Coney Island Amusement Park Kiddie Car Fire Engine in Original Condition
By Pinto Brothers Mfg.
Located in Savannah, GA
Produced by Pinto Bros Mfg of Coney Island, New York, this all-original 1940s firetruck was part of a circular ride at the famed Coney Island Amusement Park. Featuring lucky Number 4...
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Yellow Illuminated Letter T , 1970s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage industrial plastic illuminated letter T was made in Italy during the 1970s and comes from an old advertising banner. It is equipped with a LED st...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Plastic

Mid Century Tin Litho Windup Toy Skier Girl by Chein C1945
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous working tin Litho toy skier by the Chein toy co. C1945. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Mid Century Tin Litho Windup Toy by Louis Marx "Jumpin Jeep" C 1950
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous colorful and full of unpredictable moves when fully wound. Louis Marx toy company was prolific during the mid century era producing a full array of tin windups. In excellent...
Category

1950s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Barnfind Antique Large Tadpole Rider Tricycle Pedal Car, France, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Awesome Barnfind, this large Tadpole Rider Tricycle pedal car. This antique pedal car was made in France circa 1930-1940. It's made of heavy solid m...
Category

Early 20th Century French Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Antique French Copper Doll Mould
Located in London, GB
Rare antique doll mould. Naturally patinated copper. Used to create doll heads. Now an unusual shelf or desk curio. circa 1920s, Fre...
Category

1920s French Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Copper

Late 19th Century Milk Glass London England Street Sign
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous etched milk glass street sign from the City of Westminster, England. Original Arts & Crafts style frame in excellent vintage condition.
Category

1920s English Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Milk Glass, Oak

Antique Reverse Painted Glass Drink Coca Cola Sign Ice Cream Parlour circa 1920
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 10 x 21 reverse painted glass coca cola sign from the twenties. In excellent vintage condition with a bit of fixing on the upper right corner. Made by the Price Bros. from C...
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Brass

Early 20th Century City of Westminster London Antique Milk Glass Street Sign
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous early milk glass street sign from the City of Westminster London. Original wood frame in excellent vintage condition. A couple of cracks in the glass on right lower corner. ...
Category

1910s English Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Milk Glass, Hardwood

Vintage Letter N, 1950s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage letter comes from the old advertising banner. It is made from dyed concrete. It weighs 6 kg.
Category

Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Concrete

Mounted Turnstile “To The Fun House” from Coney Island, New York
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A rare and Historical Industrial Era Mounted Turnstile from the Fun House at Coney Island, New York, featuring original painted finishes mounted on wood plinth with label reading, “T...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel

Industrial Iron Wheel 19th Century Original Painted
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This folky Industrial wheel is in fine condition and retains the original red painted surface. The condition is very good.
Category

19th Century American Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Industrial Wire Basket
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage industrial inspired wire basket. Handcrafted from galvanized steel Inspired by the baskets originally used by farmers and fishermen. Industrial design inspired by vintage ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Industrial Era Bottle Drying Rack
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and impressive Industrial Era bottle drying rack with great traditional form and an untouched all original patina. An authentic artifact fr...
Category

Late 19th Century Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Letter I, 1950s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
This vintage letter I comes from the old advertising banner. It is made from dyed concrete. Weight: 2 kg.
Category

Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Concrete

Lifesize Garden Sculpture of a Woman by artist Jon Westberg
By Jon Westberg
Located in Redding, CT
Lifesize Sculpture of a Woman by artist Jon Westberg. This stunnning Industrial sculpture of a woman with umbrella is entitled "Silent Rain". Steam punk in style the figures body p...
Category

1960s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Steel

Vintage English Nautical Binnacle in Tall Copper/ Brass and Mahogany Housing, Ty
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Made by John Lilley & Gillie Ltd., England. A standard binnacle form in copper/brass housing with arms set with red and taupe painted iron Kelvin's balls (the taupe one with open hol...
Category

Early 20th Century English Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Brass, Copper

Industrial folk art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Industrial folk art for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage folk art created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, more furniture and collectibles, building and garden elements and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, iron and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Industrial folk art made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and United States pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original folk art, popular names associated with this style include Patrick Fitzgerald, A. C. Williams Company, American Flag & Banner Co., and Coca Cola Bottling Co.. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for folk art differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $15,000 while the average work can sell for $561.

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