I do not remember when shabby became really chic, but the fact is: rugged is in.
Steel cabinets are suddenly cool. Exposed brick walls became really popular. Recycled metal desks are now must-haves as dining tables. Homes converted from old factories are dime a dozen. The proliferation of loft-living around the world has surely further spurred the popularity of a style we've come to know as industrial chic.
We have some fine examples here to show.