There is arguably no better place to start searching for interior inspiration than continental Europe, where the chicest of mid-century interiors originated. The three following Instagram feeds – each stocking beautiful furniture and objets d’art hailing from the 20th century – are created by collectors and antique dealers based in Paris, and all have a well honed eye. Whether you’re on the hunt for a glossy mahogany G Plan or arts and crafts-inspired ashtray, you’ll find it here.
Antiques enthusiasts may already be familiar with Paris’ Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, the sprawling treasure trove of vintage furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac in the city’s northern suburbs. It’s in this flea market that you’ll find Chevalier Antiquités, but if a trip to Paris IRL isn’t currently on the cards, browsing the antiques dealer’s Instagram for half an hour is (almost) as satisfying. The feed’s melange of antique furniture, Ethiopian art and inspiration images makes for a very satisfying scroll. We’ve got our eye on an Ethiopian armchair in a rich brown wood that looks at once vastly uncomfortable and wildly chic.
With each shot resembling a carefully composed still life of very covetable furniture, @augustindeleuze’s account is a delight to peruse. The furniture on show is unique and slightly off-kilter (traits that only increase desirability in our eyes), and Deleuze makes astute pairings. Why have we never thought to place a leopard print armchair next to a classical bust of Hercules? Or put a chaise longue underneath a dangerously low-hanging chandelier? Prepare to screenshot every single post.
The Stimmung Gallery takes its name from the German word for ‘mood’, which philosopher Martin Heidegger used to express the idea of finding a one’s place in the world. The collector who runs the gallery, Augustin David, is also a firm believer in revealing the forgotten meaning behind our daily use of the objects he sells at the gallery. Although, such metaphysical origins stop there; the pieces of furniture and decorative homewares sold by Deleuze possess a heavy focus on arts and crafts, with Japanese ceramics, bowls carved free-form out of wood and earthenware lamps. The gallery’s Instagram feed is such rich in such imagery, too, and certainly warrants a follow.