John Beck Paper & Steel

June 23, 2008

My interior decorating style leans more on the feminine side but there is still this love of industrial furniture that lurks beneath… these beauties are from John Beck Paper & Steel. I was so pleased when an email from John arrived today and I found his work for the first time, all of these childhood memories came rushing in that I had long forgotten. When I was a kid my father would drag me to commercial kitchen warehouses where I’d spend hours by his side as he’d select counters for the kitchens of his restaurants (his evening ‘hobby’ was owning a business or two on the side). I remembered rooms with what looked to hold hundreds of industrial steel tables and cabinetry. I also recall how proud of his purchases he was and how often, after school, I would sit on a stool in the kitchen watching him lay everything out on the shiny metal surface to prepare for the nightly special. To this day I think about owning a chef’s kitchen with industrial counters like these. Obviously I’m not the only one.

John Beck Paper & Steel
My first love is an all-white kitchen or white with bits of teak throughout, I can imagine integrating steel into the mix. It gives the look of a professional kitchen which is a popular look right now. Steel is a great surface to work on, heavy-duty tough and nearly impossible to stain. An open kitchen is one many enjoy as today?s kitchens are social areas, more and more are knocking down walls to open up space to include a center prep area to accommodate either additional helpers or guests who enjoy socializing while the chef is at work. I also love what John has done to the storefront cashier’s table shown below, it’s brilliant. You also have to see the desk on wheels below, another great find.

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Please take a moment to look at John’s website, his bio reads so down-to-earth — I especially loved this line, “I got a rock star wife, a couple of rugrats (18 and 7), a truck, and a house in the ‘burbs.”

(images from john beck paper & steel)


  • Reply Hovey Vintage June 23, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    The table on wheels is just to die for! Love it! Love it! Love it!

  • Reply Sugar Plum June 23, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I love the store cashier table, it’s heavy duty, but “pretty” too.

  • Reply nishant June 23, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I’m more handsome than any british indian,indian american guy alive today.

  • Reply Tracey June 23, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Industrial is so great in the right setting! I think most of those pieces can work for anyone. Great find- I am off to see his Bio (loved the part about the “rock star wife”- am pretty sure that is what my husband says about me!!!!).

  • Reply Katrina June 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    oh goodness, i completely agree with you. i love the balance of seemingly disparate designs: feminine meets industrial, color meets stark, metal meets wood and so on. thanks for this post!

  • Reply Sapphire June 23, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I really like the feel of the kitchen! It looks so open & free.

  • Reply devlo June 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I love the industrial kitchen table (on wheels) in the 1st photo. Where can you find a prep table like that?

  • Reply Strumpfkunst.de June 24, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Our fathers are alike. My dad used to design and plan commercial kitchens, so I spent each year at the huge fairs, sitting on stainless steel counters.

    He still loves his stainless steel, and has had an old table redone in it – and of course the kitchen has loads of features like that. Will take a picture on Friday – just ignore the bright blue doors in the background, that was an error in judgment, in my opinion.

  • Reply Iheartfashion June 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Anonymous June 24, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    when will more of the e-decorating home office makeovers be up on the blog?

  • Reply sarah June 24, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    no posts today? that is odd. what happened to the contest voting?

    im so excited!

  • Reply Condo Blues June 24, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I love the bedroom door! I wish I could do the same in my house.

  • Reply g. lock June 25, 2008 at 12:04 am

    that kitchen in the first pic is so neat.

  • Reply Nest Interiors LLC June 25, 2008 at 12:21 am

    That table on wheels is killer! What a perfect work table.

  • Reply idahostudios June 26, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I know John- he’s a totally talented guy, lots of energy, and rockin’ ideas…..
    I recently bought one of his Tshirt designs, and it’s my current fave- it says, “Easy Baby, I’m Fragile”.
    Rock on, John.

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