The future of traditional British interiors looks to be bright, as more stylish designers couple together the old with the new.
There was a time when the people of England were confident in their own sense of style, and displayed that brilliantly with furniture. Fine woods were turned into great masterpieces, featuring intricate details that really stamped its authority on the furniture world.
However, items such as the Chippendale serving table have sadly become lost, instead replaced by mass produced, flimsy flat-pack furniture, which loses all sense of uniqueness.
The good news is that it seems the English style seems to have recovered from the wobble in the market it experienced, and has been reborn with a new sense of identity, and appreciation of core values. The English taste has been praised by architect and interior designer Ben Pentreath, for its ability to “absorb new influences and make them its own”.
Pentreath has also stated that the desire for characteristics provided by English antique furniture; its individuality, originality and timelessness, has never been stronger. All of these characteristics are capable of surviving any length of time, and will survive long after the current desire for “bland and bling” as it has been characterised.
Colefax and Fowler have often had their materials and wallpapers associated with the term “quintessentially English”, and agree with Pentreath in the fact that English style still has its place in today’s day and age.
Managing Director Wendy Nicholls has stated that the look today is much more toned down and purer than it was, but antique furniture of the correct date still has its uses, as well as offering a great look as well. She believes that the antiques have their place, and should be applied in a well-balanced manner so they are not overpowering to a room.
Condé Nast's House & Garden magazine editor Hatta Byng believes that a key part of the English style is to ensure a room feels like it has been lovingly put together over a period of time, rather than being thrown together in an hour or so. Adding pre-loved antiques to a house which already features more contemporary pieces should create a relaxed look, and will go together excellently as long as the correct match is found.
20th century antique expert Julia Pruskin has a similar view to Byng, in the fact she believes that a true English interior cannot be made up entirely of new objects, but should appear as if it has lasted a while. Something which looks a bit worn or rough around the edges is not necessarily a bad thing, and can be incorporated into a modern household.
Here at Patrick Sandberg, we have a fine selection of English antique furniture, which can all be loving incorporated into a modern household. With our wares all in outstanding condition and lovingly looked after, why not take a look at what we have on offer today?