Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2015

Last week we visited the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2015 in Kensington Olympia. This is London’s largest and longest-running art and antiques fair, as expected the fair was very impressive. We were excited to see such an eclectic and diverse range of items on sale, as well as art and antiques there were some stunning pieces of jewelry, glass, prints, posters, sculpture and silverware to name but a few.

If you’re a first time buyer we often recommend visiting this fair, along with the diversity in genres, the prices range from anything between £100 to £1,000,000! As always, we had our favorites, and there were some standout pieces that really caught our attention.

Hugh Leuchars had this fantastic French armchair on sale. He specialises in 18th Century continental furniture, particularly French furniture, so we always seem to find a piece that catches our eye. We love finding pieces that have a beautiful and elegant aesthetic, but practicality and functionality is always important to us as well. With its divine green upholstery, classic shape and soft finish, this chair perfectly combines comfort with style.

Miles Davis-Kielar had some exquisite drawings by Paul Cesar Helleu on display. Helleu is known for his drawings of beautiful society women of the Belle Époque era. He has a real sensitivity of style in both his drawings and engravings and although his female subjects typify the French culture of the time, their beauty and elegance become timeless. His son and grandson both became artistic directors of Chanel, so his style certainly had an influence on them!

House & Garden had a terrific display, HOUSE, that showcased both leading and emerging designers. They chose to highlight and showcase British craftsmanship and it was brilliant to see so many young designers keeping craft alive and learning from the established designers. We particularly enjoyed visiting Hector Finch’s lighting display. 

We always enjoy visiting Geoffrey Stead’s display. Geoffrey divides his time between the south of France and England, leaving plenty of opportunities to collect on his European travels. These Italian bedside tables (c.1800) caught our eye for their impressive finish and condition and rich colour. At Devas Designs we often favour classic and elegant shapes that have a great deal of versatility while remaining stylish and unique. The classic shape of these bedside tables makes them perfect for a arrange of interiors. In a modern, simple interior they could add a real sense of elegant grandeur, while they could also beautifully compliment a more decorative and traditional room.