It's a stool, but it was once something else, something that worked by pulling a handle, or twisting a screw, or pulling a lever. And now it's a stool, a simple, beautiful detailed stool. It's all about the detail, its former functionality is redundant yet it retains its former glory. It was once this but it's now that. I love it. It's beauty is in its proud stance, upright, erect, unusual and dark. It has a secret and a hundred hands may have touched it and worked it. It's now been immoblised and reimagined as a piece of furniture. That's what I love about industrial style, its quirkiness, its secret past and how it captures the imagination.
As opposed to antique or vintage furniture, which has always been used for its intended purpose, industrial pieces have been recreated, reinvented from their former function. Whatever it was, it's been turned completely into something else. It had a job and now it's purely recreational. And I love it. Perhaps the stool was some kind of stool before, but it was in a completely different environment from the one it's in now.
A former butchers block or a carpenters table is now put to work for a different purpose. An industrial wheel is used to create a coffee table..it's upcycling with imagination.