I love to decorate my home. But I don’t ever buy anything just because I like the way it looks. What always hooks me is the story. Where something came from, why it was made, how it got here, its history and how that history connects to my own. I kept running into Carter Anderson at flea markets and admiring the amazing goods he was selling. When he invited me to visit his showroom and studio, I learned there was more to the history of those items than I had realized. It made me really see why they kept catching my attention.
When I walked into to Carbon Industrial’s Showroom, it was like walking into a room full of stories – every single thing had a life before it got here. Anderson and his business partner Glen Stone and the other amazing folks at Carbon bring things back to life, take the best and save them, remake others into new and better versions of what they were.
Jet propulsion gears become mirrors, bowling lanes and factory machine legs become tables, industrial metal baskets become light fixtures. Signs get saved, factory furniture gets cleaned and upgraded and made new again (just new enough, never too new).
The heart and soul and creativity of the folks at Carbon is evident everywhere you turn. By hand, they take down barns and factories and save the pieces, preserving history and breathing new life into it all at the same time. Their custom work is seen in the showroom and in bars and restaurants and homes around the metro area. They are one amazing Design Find.
Although I wanted many things I saw, I only brought one home with me. Believe it or not, this beautiful thing is slag – a leftover from the glass making process. It looks fantastic in my kitchen – like a giant gem.
Carbon Industrial Design
128 S. Royal Street, Alexandria VA