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Chalet Chic at the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 2015

Chalet chic room-set for Winter Fair 2015

Event preview

VISITORS will be welcomed with an Alpine-inspired retreat in the Foyer at the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (January 20 to January 25, 2015), celebrating all that’s best about interiors for winter hideaways.

Many designers use the Decorative Fair to source unusual pieces for their client’s ski chalets and hunting lodges. Discover antler and Black Forest furniture, beautifully upholstered seating, French and Swedish painted antiques, decorative period rugs and hunting trophies.

Snow scene paintings from art dealers, ski posters and quirkier pieces such as antique skis revitalised as floor lamps, will create a truly cosy and typically Decorative Fair approach to winter style. All items will be drawn from exhibitors at the Fair and will be for sale.

Currently popular at the Decorative Fair is folk art and country accessories – Oprah Winfrey made time in her busy schedule to visit the recent Autumn Fair (September 30 to October 5, 2014) with her US decorator Rose Tarlow and included such pieces in her acquisitions.

The Autumn Fair also saw a resurgence of interest in a more formal, classic style, including traditional antique wood furniture both English and European. Quality pieces with beautiful patina or more unusually-figured veneers sold well; as did items exceptional in scale or decoration or provenance, such as a grand Gothick Victorian bookcase 13ft long c1860 made for Lady Waldegrave of Strawberry Hill House, which sold with a ticket price of £29,500.

Whilst collectors may come to buy fine furniture, objects and art such as paintings by leading Modern British artists like Keith Vaughan at prices up to (and in excess of) £50,000, new younger customers are also delighted to find affordable ‘entry level’ purchases such as £15 vintage French wine glasses.

The 145 dealers (many of whom participate at every Fair) come from across the UK and Europe to exhibit a wealth of wonderful period design. Antiques and works of art dating from the 1600s to 1914 abound. Art Deco and later C20th design makes up around one quarter of objects, art and furniture for sale. Unlike any other antiques event, the dealers style their stands as room-sets so visitors can imagine how items might work in their own homes.

ki lodge room-set Winter 2015

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is the most stylish and beautiful antiques and period design event in the UK. It is the only antiques Fair to cater specifically to the interior decorating trade and in 2015 it will celebrate 30 years of business.

The three Fairs next year are the Winter Fair (January 20-25), the Spring Fair (April 21-26) and the Autumn Fair (September 29 – October 4) which will be the focal point for the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair‘s 30th birthday. (The first ever Fair was held in September 1985).

For more information visit www.decorativefair.com/

Admission: £10 including catalogue, which gives re-admission throughout the week.

Times:

Tuesday 12pm – 8pm.

Wednesday 11am – 8pm.

Thursday 11am – 8pm.

Friday 11am – 7pm.

Saturday 11am – 7pm.

Sunday 11am – 6pm.

Transport: Free shuttle service from Sloane Square Hotel every 10-15 minutes during opening hours. Vehicle access via Chelsea Bridge Gate only. LIMITED free parking on-site.

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