Showoffs: Exposed Ventilation Ducts
Image: Murray Mitchell
As those of you who’ve been reading my posts for a while know, I’m a big fan of using unadorned materials in interior décor. I love when design incorporates items that serve a purpose and don’t need to be covered up or disguised. I suppose it’s a deconstructive take on “form follows function”. When I find great examples of this, I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Today, I’m taking a look at exposed ventilation ducts—something I live with every day in my own home.
The first example uses existing ducts and showcases them in an updated environment. This space is a remodeled condo from an apartment building built in the 1960’s. It looks to me like this is the original air conditioning infrastructure—simply released from the previous drywall enclosure. If you’ve got the style chops to make this work, more power to you. I think it’s pure genius.
Image: Simply Iley
This is a great example of modern ductwork that has been specifically installed in the space to be shown off. It’s similar to what I have at home, but on a much larger scale. It’s one of several industrial elements used, and it fits seamlessly into the décor. I’m also taken by the exposed copper pipes and what appear to be enormous iron bolts protruding from the ceiling.
Show It All
Here’s a home where the exposed ventilation ducts are only one of many infrastructure elements left exposed. From the wood and steel support post to the electrical and plumbing work, this is an industrial loft lover’s dream space.
Sleek & Subtle
And finally, you see here that exposing ventilation ductwork doesn’t have to be the defining décor item in a space. By mounting the ducts high and matching the color of the surrounding wall and ceiling, this design incorporates the look in a refined way. Even with the slight camouflaging, I’m still a big fan.
What kinds of unadorned elements would you show off in your home?