Between 27th September and 2nd October 2016 BAFRA was represented by various members at their stand within the Decorative and Antiques fair of 2016. It is important to note that whilst BAFRA was primarily created to safeguard the interests of buyers and owners of antiques and the antique trade most members are able to also work on modern furniture and differing materials to wood. Th stand was manned by members who had volunteered to cover and displayed some of the various tools and materials used by the members as well as promoting our new video.
The Fair describes itself as “A family-owned fair that launched in 1985, the first to specifically unite the antiques and interior design trades. Today they 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.
Back in the 1980s, the design trade was looking for more unusual antiques that were rarely available at the major London antiques fairs, so their 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 clamoring 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.”