A study in elegance

For those wanting a desk that fits in with the rest of their home décor, an antique can be the answer – which is why they’re becoming so popular

Niall Mullen with an Art Deco thua wood central desk with bronze handles

Antique desks are becoming a firm favourite when it comes to introducing functional working pieces to existing home décor. Demand has soared by 30 to 40 per cent, according to Mark Maguire, a partner at Connaught Antiques in Dublin’s Francis Street.

Many of his buyers are solicitors, spending an average of €3,000-€5,000 on what is now considered a piece of office furniture. These shoppers want something that fulfils that function but also fits in with ...