The Blue Plate Mayonnaise factory, on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, has been a part of the New Orleans landscape since its birth in 1941. A recent renovation reintroduced the complex as a series of artist lofts. Penny Francis, owner of Eclectic Home on Oak Street in New Orleans, was tasked with the challenge of combining industrial chic with domestic serenity.
Ideally suited for the undertaking, Eclectic Home has long espoused the value of interior design that draws inspiration from unique and diverse sources. For the renovation, the design team used a plethora of Blue Plate memorabilia, including signage converted to eye-catching outdoor wall art, and salvaged factory parts, such as a fan that was repurposed into an innovative floor lamp for display in the complex’s model apartment.
Along with signature Blue Plate décor, Eclectic Home also included unique references to New Orleans in their design. Penny Francis explains, “The building, its sign and location are iconic in New Orleans.”
To combine the two themes, Francis sought the help of local artist Barbra LeBlanc to create benches emblazoned with the work of nine local poets describing the city. This homage to the Big Easy was then paired with vintage photographs of the former factory and installed in the building’s interior corridors.When it came to converting an industrial complex into chic lofts, Eclectic Home made the transition look effortless, and ensured that the resulting environment did not forget Blue Plate’s irreplaceable history.
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