The Decorative Fair takes place in Battersea Park three times a year and is the only antiques fair catering specifically to the interior design buyer.
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.