Arts, antiques, textiles and miscelanny
A visit to the eponymous annual spring fair in Battersea park
Each spring, autumn and winter art and antiques lovers flock to Battersea Park to feast their eyes on an array of tantalising antiques, unique artwork, vintage fashion, quirky memorabilia, beautiful textiles, lighting, furniture and sculpture. The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is held three times a year and is a wonderful display of antiques and 20th century interior design. Launched in 1985 and still going strong, the fair is a real destination for beautiful things with a deeply instilled heritage. With our days getting longer and the emphasis on being outside returning, there was a real focus on garden furniture, urns and unusal decorative pieces for the garden.
To celebrate the return of spring, the organisers of the fair created ‘The Morning Room Revisited’ which drew stock from the dealers to create a beautifully styled creative space, between kitchen and garden room, with decorative storage ideas and quiet seating areas. A highlight on this stand was the stone dog sculpture, gazing out at the view – much like ours do here at the showroom! With green being a prominent colour in both fashion and interiors this year, it was a clever nod to the trend – as well as being seasonal. Various other stands at the show were also displaying this wonderful vibrant shade of green, making the show feel very spring-like indeed.
The fair was full of beautiful pieces – of course to be expected at an Arts Fair. As well as a number of classic paintings featuring outdoor sports such as hunting, shooting and fishing, there were some modern pieces as well as some wonderfully quirky ones done by legendary artists including Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Sir Anish Kapoor and Salvador Dali – real collector’s items. A stand dedicated to aboriginal art was also rather eye-catching with mesmorising prints in stunning colours with a few painted digeridoos propped on the side.
Coastal style is and will always be a popular trend in interiors. Cream painted cabinets, pale wood chairs, painted blue tables and blue and white textiles all contribute to achieving this look. Accessories tend to feature shells, boats, ropes, sand – anything to evoke the feeling of being by the sea. It is a calm and serene way to style a room and not only seen in ho