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Launched by Prateek Singh in 2015, The Black Steel specializes in lighting solutions that are influenced by the industrial design style, complete with sleek lines and spartan elements crafted from salvaged machinery parts.

Text: Alifiya Mehamdabadwala
Photographs: courtesy The Black Steel

Inspired from the mechanics of a chain-driven bicycle, the Sprocket Wheel Industrial Lamp v2.0 is made of cast and wrought iron, with a cold rolled iron sheet for a shade.

Modern industrial interior design is about exposing what lies beneath the surface to render a raw, unfinished look. It confidently puts on display what other styles strive to hide — here structural elements are turned into centerpieces, think plenty of exposed pipes, wood and metal. Industrial chic is one of the prominent styles that have flourished over the last couple of years and the proof of that is New Delhi-based brand The Black Steel that specializes in creating lighting and decor products that proudly embrace this aesthetic. Founded in 2015, the idea for the brand was planted in founder Prateek Singh’s mind a few years ago when he wanted to purchase industrial-style lamps online and found no options from within India.

The Nordic Industrial Table is crafted from galvanized iron with black powder coating and a pressure gauge. It can be placed on a desk and used as a tablet or magazine stand.

Prior to founding the brand, Prateek, who has a postgraduate degree in fashion and retail from Pearl Academy in Delhi, gained sales and marketing experience in the Swiss luxury watch industry and with international apparel brands. While his work background allowed for in-depth knowledge on customer service, buying trends and after sales, he was also keen on design. However, with no prior entrepreneurial experience, it was a huge challenge to build the company from scratch.

While today we are witnessing a strong presence of industrial decor in restaurants, offices or even homes, three years ago the decision to offer industrial-inspired decor elements came with its risks. Yet, products with gears accents and geometric frames, and oil drums as furniture, for example, were well-received by customers and gave him the courage to keep going.

Black Steel showcases minimalistic and functional lighting designs that derive their inspiration from geometry and vintage industrial equipment. So, you’ll often find elements such as pressure gauges and mechanical gears added to products. “My passion for industrial world history is highlighted in one of our collections, The Pipe Factory,” he informs. A treat for history enthusiasts, it takes one back to the 1800s, fusing salvaged machinery parts and design. The Steampunk Warehouse Pressure Gauge Industrial Lamp and the Resurgence CU29 Industrial Copper Lamp are highlights of
this range.

A marriage of functionality and minimalism, the De Stijl 1917 Inspired Flexible Yellow Decorative Desk Lamp is designed with two adjustable points to pivot the light in the desired direction.

The Geometric Lamps and De Stijl 1917 collections, are aimed at the modern urban consumer and are clean-lined and crafted in keeping with Scandinavian design principles. The latter pays homage to the historic Dutch Art Movement founded in 1917 in Amsterdam. Made of aluminium, it includes lighting fixtures such as the Sunshine Yellow 1917 Classic Yellow Pendant Lighting and the Scarlet Red De Stijl Interior Style Classic 1917 Pendant Lamp.

Currently, the young brand only has an online presence. Apart from their website www.theblacksteel.com, the collection is available on RockNShop, Pepperfry, Amazon and Etsy. Since most of the brand’s customers are architects, designers, artists or business heads, Prateek intends to diversify the existing portfolio by upgrading the existing designs by adding the smallest of detail to the products. An example of this is the popular Sprocket Wheel Industrial Lamp that has seen three new versions with plans to launch a fourth shortly. While lighting products are a big part of their portfolio, the brand also delves into table decor and furniture. Each piece designed or curated by has a strong reference to industrial design that’s prominent in every cut, mark and tiny detail that exudes power, strength, class and most importantly elegance. Once you have gone through the entire range of products that The Black Steel has on offer, you are sure to bring one home. We know we are!

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