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John Beck Paper & Steel

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.

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.

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)

Posted by decor8 in Objects on June 23, 2008

Your comments...

  1. Hovey Vintage commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 5:33pm

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

  2. Sugar Plum commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 5:57pm

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

  3. nishant commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 6:19pm

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

  4. Tracey commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 6:25pm

    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!!!!).

  5. Katrina commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 7:57pm

    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!

  6. Sapphire commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 8:15pm

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

  7. devlo commented
    June 23rd, 2008 at 8:35pm

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

  8. commented
    June 24th, 2008 at 5:14am

    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.

  9. Iheartfashion commented
    June 24th, 2008 at 1:33pm

    Thanks for posting.

  10. Anonymous commented
    June 24th, 2008 at 7:24pm

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

  11. sarah commented
    June 24th, 2008 at 9:12pm

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

    im so excited!

  12. Condo Blues commented
    June 24th, 2008 at 11:41pm

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

  13. g. lock commented
    June 25th, 2008 at 12:04am

    that kitchen in the first pic is so neat.

  14. Nest Interiors LLC commented
    June 25th, 2008 at 12:21am

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

  15. idahostudios commented
    June 26th, 2008 at 1:21am

    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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