Working closely with some of Sydney's top interior decorators for many years, it has been interesting to watch trends in interior design come and go. Traditional English antiques have been out of the mainstream for some time, the early 90's saw a great interest in French antiques in Sydney and indeed the world, this then gave way to the huge popularity of mid century modern and modernist furniture in general.
I as an antique dealer also love contemporary interior design, I don't think the fashion for replicating interiors of the past will ever come back. Great pieces of antique furniture will however always transcend fashion and sit beautifully in an elegant contemporary interior. Minimalist white rooms inside period architecture, mixing statement antique pieces with contemporary art and design is a great look.
Pieces such as this superb English Regency giltwood bergère c 1815. A bergère being a deep & wide armchair with padded sides. During the Regency period in England, furniture was still being made in the quality of the great cabinetmakers of the 18th c. Design was being progressive and carrying on through the neo-classical to an interest in the Egyptian following Nelson's defeat of Napoleon at the battle of the Nile.