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An Interior Design Solution for the Steam Lofts

A client came to us looking for a way to beautify their space. One wall in particular at their loft was causing some headaches. They knew they wanted to incorporate visual design, as well as distract from the very large ducting above their living room- but they weren't sure how. Here's a "before" photo:

To come up with a solution, our Interior Design team looked to the building's past. We brainstormed a few different options, including custom decorative trim on the walls:

And we also looked at art doors with painted walls:

But, ultimately, we landed on a more industrial feel that would complement the building's rich history.


Building 361, the Steam Plant, opened in 1940. It was built to heat 35 of Lowry’s buildings by providing steam heat through a series of underground tunnels and pipes. Its four large boilers were fueled with coal that was delivered on railroad tracks along 6th Avenue on the east side of the base.

Our design for the accent wall was inspired by the underground tunnels and pipes of the steam plant. Incorporating industrial materials and the curved elements the feature wall is a nod to the history of the building and complements the industrial style of the converted steam plant.

You can see our proposed design renders here:

The scope of work boiled down to (see what we did there?):

  • Design, Fabrication and Installation of custom decorative metal screen

  • Design, Fabrication and Installation of decorative aluminum cladding on exiting doors

  • Replace Door Hardware

  • Cover or replace trim around doors with metal trim

  • Paint Wall

We also had to figure out how to attach the doors and the decorative screen to be durable and attractive. Luckily, our guys are really, really good at just that!

Here's the final design and install:

We're really proud of the end result, and most importantly- the client is thrilled with their new look and feel.

Here at Black Hound Design Company, we're your one-stop shop for all your design and build needs.


You asked. We listened. ​ Our clients kept requesting interior design and industrial design services. You wanted a one-stop shop for ALL your design and build needs. From space planning to procurement. Custom fabrication to finish selection. Branding and product prototyping. You wanted to work with just one company. For ease. For simplicity. For less headaches. ​ So, we're excited to have a full in-house interior and industrial design team! ​ What can we do for you?

  • Interior Design

  • Industrial Design

  • Space Planning

  • Conceptual Design

  • Brand Development

  • Product Development

  • Prototyping

  • 3D Rendering

  • Creative campaigns

  • Signage

  • Furniture, fixture, art and accessory specifications, sourcing and procurement, and/or in-house fabrication

  • Really, anything you can dream up!

Of course, we still LOVE collaborating with interior designers, architects and really- just about anyone! So no sweat if you're not looking for design services at this time; we're still here for you!

What can we make for you? Drop us a line:

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