2 February 2015

The spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair (a mouthful...) was held in Battersea Park in January. It's a bell weather of what is happening to antiques and their place in interior design.

I am amazed how prices of average antiques have dropped in the past ten years. I filled an apartment on a shoestring with these items in Amsterdam last year (see www.rutgerhopster.com). However, high-end and unusual antiques continue to command substantial prices, like at this fair.

This event is not cutting edge, it picks up, with a few years' delay, what is happening at other fairs, in magazines and in the market in general and combines that with antiques.

Here is what seemed to be the latest trends for this market segment:

1) lampshades are big (again), a bit like in 1970s and 1980s;    
2) stripped and white-washed antique furniture (or reconstituted furniture);
3) colour (see also the last photo);
4) a lot of perspex, both in lighting and modern coffee tables; and
5) a continued use of rustic fabrics, combined with rustic items like the (fake?) weathered pots in the photo below.

For the autumn fair: www.decorativefair.com.

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