We’re a family-owned fair that launched in 1985, the first to specifically unite the antiques and interior design trades. Today we hold three events a year: a Winter Fair in January, a Spring Fair in April and an Autumn Fair during the busy ‘design season’ in late September.
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Back in the 1980s, the design trade was looking for more unusual antiques that were rarely available at the major London antiques fairs, so our 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 our exhibitors also work as designers to their clients, sourcing stock and advising on display.
In 1997 we pioneered our venue, a marquee, now Evolution, in Battersea Park, a location that has since become an almost year-round event hot-spot.
In December 2008, the Decorative Fair was bought by David and Jane Juran; David has been an exhibitor, as Magus Antiques, at the Fair for many years. He has retained its unique spirit and vibrancy, and the friendly relaxed atmosphere appreciated by both exhibitors and visitors alike.
Here’s what exhibitors and interior designers say about us:
I always try to go… it remains one of my favourite interior design-orientated outings. Jenny Gibbs, Founder & Principal, KLC School of Design
It was a real pleasure to be involved… I do believe it is the best show running. Shapero Rare Books
More than half our sales are made to young people aged between 25 and 40… [which] gives the lie to the traditionally held view that young people do not buy antiques. Certainly at the Decorative Fair they buy from us. Brian Watson Antique Glass
The fair is amazing I was thrilled to be there… Rose Tarlow
I was interested by the mix of new and old and the chance to see quirky items that provide a “twist” to completing a contemporary decoration project. Michael Nicholas Design