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The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 2016

Event preview

THE WINTER Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 2016, which focuses on one of the events’ most popular purchases, will take place at Battersea Park from January 19 to January 24.

Take A Seat: Three Hundred Years of Chair Design will be the foyer feature, with examples drawn from exhibitors.

The display will demonstrate the evolution of chair styles from the 1700s and 1800s, via Arts and Crafts, Modernist, Memphis Group and architect-designed pieces. All items will be for sale.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fairs are the UK’s most eye-catching and unusual interior design events, and are held three times a year in January, April and September. They are the favoured source of the decorating trade, and discerning private buyers who want an individual look in their homes.

In January 2016 the Fair is growing, as it opens a new exhibition space on the recently-added mezzanine level of The Marquee.

Find exciting objects, works of art and furniture, from over 150 exhibitors, including fine and decorative antiques, stylish 20th century design, accessories such as lighting and mirrors, garden and architectural antiques, and works of art from all periods to the contemporary.

What sets the Decorative Fairs apart is the creativity and inspiration of the stand displays, the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere and a thrilling element of the unexpected; you never know what you might find around each corner. From period shop signs and advertising accessories to taxidermy, objets trouvés and fossils, exhibitors have an eye for the distinctly unusual! Decoration has never been such fun.

Celebrities recently seen shopping at the Fair include Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Fellowes, and Guy Ritchie.

Chairs come in every guise, so the Winter Fair’s Take a Seat foyer display will incorporate a review of tastes and designs spanning all eras:

Jointed and high-back designs from the 17th and 18th centuries including regional vernacular variations.

Country stick-back chairs from Wales, the West Country and Windsor (very much a la mode in current country-inspired interiors).

Georgian pieces by master cabinetmakers in Sheraton, Chippendale and Regency designs.

18th and 19th century European salon chairs with painted finishes.

Arts & Crafts aesthetic designs championed by Victorian William Morris.

Mid-century modern inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain and the Space Race.

Chairs by named designers and architects such as Eames, Perriand and Arad.

Post-modernist styles such as 1980s Italian Memphis Group, currently experiencing a new lease of life on the interiors scene.

Easy to access from Chelsea, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, there is a frequent courtesy shuttle service to the Fair from outside the Sloane Square Hotel.

Well-behaved dogs (on leads) are welcomed.

Delicious food from Megan’s Brasserie & Champagne Bar is available all day; now located on the mezzanine with stunning views across the Park, it is the perfect place to contemplate purchases and make plans!

On-site packing and shipping facilities are available.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has just celebrated its 30th birthday. In September 1985 when the first Fair launched and the ‘Country House’ look was at its height, the Fair was the only major antiques events to sell painted decorative furniture and almost no exhibitors stocked items later than 1930. Since then the Fair has embraced post-war and mid-century design, contemporary art and the industrial look, and is anticipating the design changes of the next three decades!

Admission: £10 including catalogue, which gives re-admission throughout the week, or the public can register via the website to join the Fair’s mailing list for free tickets to all future Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fairs.

Opening Times: Tuesday, 12pm – 8pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 11am – 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am – 7pm; Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11