It was also the year of a major UK recession caused by high interest rates, falling house prices and an overvalued exchange rate(1). Not that you would notice if you were a regular reader of House & Garden magazine at this time. No, the December 1991 edition can be described in two words: Christmas Opulence. No sign here of minimalist Scandinavian interiors, no driftwood trees or home-spun decorations. This is a Christmas of conspicuous consumption.
Exhibit 1 - the London home of florist Martin Robinson:
...and exhibit 2 the Christmas Eve dinner designed for a china shop by consultant designer Tom Ellery:
Quite frankly, I wonder how anyone had any space for the food!