The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea, London

The Decorative Fair was the first antiques fair to specifically unite the antiques and interior design trades in the UK, it’s also a fair we try never to miss.

Today they hold three events a year, a Winter Fair in January which just crosses over Maison et Objet, a Spring Fair in April and an Autumn Fair during the busy ‘design season’ in late September.

Back in the 1980s, the design trade was looking for more unusual antiques that were rarely available at the major London antiques fairs, so the organisers aim was to give decorators and designers everything they wanted under one roof.  The idea came from Patricia Harvey, a dealer in decorative antiques. Her many interior designer clients were clamouring for an easier way to source stock for their clients.

The format brought together a wide range of decorative antiques and twentieth century design. Mixed with formal antiques, collectors’ items, art and accessories from the 20th century to the quirky, the formula proved an instant hit. 

Exhibitors were encouraged to display their stock in a room-set fashion.  Using their highly creative skills, the dealers’ stands provide ideas and inspiration for how to display items at home.  Many of the exhibitors also work as designers to their clients, sourcing stock and advising on display. Below are some of Nicky’s favourite stands and pieces that caught her eye for future projects. 

Images taken by Nicky & The Decorative Fair. Click here for a map of The Decorative Fair location

Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ, UK

Nicky’s World January 2018