Avant-Garde: Inspired by Bauhaus at the Autumn 2019 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Avant-Garde: Inspired by Bauhaus at the Autumn 2019 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair


The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has returned to Battersea Park London for its third outing of the year, running until October 2019.  With over 160 exhibitors on two floors, the Autumn event is a sell-out.  The Decorative Fair is the interior trade’s favourite period design show, with a cornucopia of specialist dealers in decorative antiques and design, twentieth century classics, and accessories, of every era from early Georgian to post-modernism.  Works of art are offered dating from antiquity to the contemporary.

The centenary year of the School of Bauhaus provides the theme for the 2019 Autumn Foyer Display, where avant-garde 20th century designs will take centre stage.  The School generated a rich variety of artistic movements during its years of productivity, and its’ students experimentations inspired diverse developments in the worlds of architecture, design and new modes of living.  All items in the foyer display are drawn from exhibitors and are for sale.

Dealers have come from across Europe and the UK to show at the Decorative Fair.  Many this Autumn are familiar faces who have exhibited for years, such as Wakelin & Linfield with fine decorative and country furniture, Drennan & Sturrock with a focus on antique Scottish design, and On-Reflection Mirrors Ltd; others are recent newcomers such as Hansord with fine furniture, scientific instruments and works of art, Anthea AG Antiques with chic gem-set jewellery  and Berenis of Spain with fine decorative antiques and modern design (all located up on the Mezzanine); Joost van den Bergh with Asian art, Anthony Outred with fine country house antiques, Thurstan and Sans Pretension with decorative design and antiques, Gray MCA with textile and fashion art, and Christopher Butterworth with period lighting and fine objects.

Decorators and trade buyers are seen regularly in attendance including Nicky Haslam, Veere Grenney, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Beata Heuman, Rose Uniacke, Kit Kemp, Olga Polizzi, Colefax & Fowler, Max Rollitt, Edward Hurst, Soho House, Paolo Moschino, Martin Brudnizki, and from the USA: Rose Tarlow, Ray Azoulay of Obsolete, and Billy Cotton.

The Fair is easily accessible from Chelsea, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge using the free shuttle service to the Fair from outside the Sloane Square Hotel; it runs four times an hour during Fair opening times.  On the Mezzanine, a licensed brasserie opens daily one hour prior to the Fair, offering all-day home-cooked food, from breakfast to tea, and with a wine and cocktail bar.  On-site packing and shipping services are available (UK and international).

The Fair runs from 11am to 8pm daily until Sunday 6 October 2019.  Closing times vary. It’s taking place at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London.  For full visitor information and to apply for complementary tickets, visit www.decorativefair.com.

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