The Big Bang Theory—the CBS show now in its 9th season and which just aired its 200th episode—is celebrated for its witty banter and lovable characters, but did you know it’s also an excellent source of home décor inspiration? Case in point: the intriguing oak-top table set up in the local comic book store (pictured in the back):
The crank table was created by Vintage Industrial Furniture, a company launched in 2009 in the garage of Greg and Sim Hankerson. “My wife Sim needed a patio table six years ago," Hankerson tells InStyle. "I didn't want her to buy some cheaply made thing that would fall apart in a year or two, so I tried to make her one using the welder she got me for Christmas."
And thanks to his wife, his design went from manly to refined and elegant, says Hankerson, who adds that the furniture is often made with hot rolled steel and various hardwoods.
In addition to The Big Bang Theory set, Vintage Industrial designs can be found on the set of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, in Guy Fieri’s Time Square eatery, Guy's American, and even in the home of actor Alec Baldwin: “Alec purchased an Ironworker shelf to put in his closet (starting at $5,000; retro.net)," Hankerson says. "Since we make them from scratch, we were able to make it a perfect fit."