- Posted on 09th May 2012 by Nicola Holden
The Decorative Fair is held three times a year in Battersea Park, and showcases antiques, mid-century modern, textiles and works of art. This show describes itself as ‘London’s most popular event for decorators seeking unusual antiques and statement pieces for interior design’. As my favourite style is a modern base, but layered with a mix of eclectic objects from different eras and cultures to add depth and interest to a scheme, this sounded like the perfect show for me, and I wasn’t disappointed!
Despite its comparatively small size, the fair held a real mix of items. Furniture ranged from small occasional tables to vintage fridges! There was lighting to suit any style, vintage rugs and textiles, and accessories and art to boot.
Here are just some of my picks from day:
- Lacquered coffee table on stainless steel legs attributed to Willy Rizzo, Italian, circa 1970s – Dickson & Rendall Antiques
- 1960s armchair and stool by British designer Peter Hoyte (re-upholstered) – C20C
- An Egyptian cedar ibis stool with ivory inlay probably by the Madras School of Craft in the 1920s with original seat cover – Drennan
- Ottoman occasional table, with inlaid mother of pearl, circa 1900 – Blanchard Collective
- 2 door “Frigidaire” from France – The Vintage Fridge Company
- A pair of rare and unusual hand stitched applique textiles, Spanish, C19th – Kiki Design
- Golf bag standard lamp from reclaimed items and old materials – Antiques By Design
- 18th century French block printed floral quilt – Katharine Pole
- Fabulous French 1950s wall light by Rene Mathieu, pierced red metal shade on hinged brass arm and mount – C20C
- Yellow overlay scent perfume spray atomiser, circa 1920s – Richard Hoppé
- Untitled, 1991 by Victor Pasmore (1908 – 1998) – Jenna Burlingham Fine Art
- A pair of WWII era 15 x 80 Japanese naval binoculars, by Nikko, circa 1940 – Hatchwell Antiques
- Beautiful 1920s black glass table lamp with 1950s fabric covered shade – Trusha Lakhani
So, if you’re after an unusual piece to add to your interior then I would highly recommend The Decorative Fair. The next one is in the autumn from 2 – 7 October 2012.
“Variety is not the spice of life; it is the very stuff of it.”
Christopher Burney, Solitary Confinement, 1952.
Image 1 – Christopher Jones Antiques. All other image credits from respective companies.