Matthew Steeples celebrates that a major change in tastes in furniture is finally on the horizon
For years, as Hindmarch points out, many old wooden items have been consigned to the skip. I equally recall a Somerset auctioneer lamenting that the level of disdain for such goods had reached such a point that many of his clients just burnt the stuff. His words filled my heart with sadness.
Thankfully, now, times are a-changing and James Ruig of Salvage, an architectural accessories firm specialising in reclaimed antique wood, agrees. In a comment, Ruig, who has recently renovated the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club’s clubhouse, told The Steeple Times:
“Antiques have been off the boil for the last seven years and as always people return to them as they get sick of soulless new furniture. A mix of old and new always works perfectly”.
“Brown furniture is, at the moment, extremely good value. You can get a beautiful handmade 19th century piece of furniture for a similar price to the Ikea equivalent. It may not be extremely high fashion but juxtapose it with with some quirky modern pieces and you will be surprised how good it looks”.
The days of ‘Kelly Hoppen taupe’ are hopefully behind us. The antique revolution is about to begin.
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