This year’s BADA Art & Antiques Fair opened on Wednesday, offering a rich selection of fine art from the Old Masters to contemporary art, as well as eclectic antiques including furniture, militaria, and Asian art. The fair runs from March 14-20 in Duke of York Square on the King’s Road.
For over 25 years, BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has hosted this springtime event to showcase the best dealers across the United Kingdom. Many of the booths this year focus on interior design, with dealers arranging pieces into stylish, cozy vignettes that offer collectors swoon-worthy inspiration. Read on to see 8 of the most dynamic, inspiring booths from BADA 2018 that will have you ready to redecorate your favorite space.
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam
London socialite and interior designer Nicholas “Nicky” Haslam brings a garden wall to the fair, with striking busts displayed among the greenery. The space is curated by Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen de Maeseneer, joint writers of the book Signature Spaces: Well-Travelled Interiors.
Rowles Fine Art
Ludlow’s family-run Rowles Fine Art complement predominantly figurative art by European artists with contemporary animal sculpture from Philip Blacker and Jonathan Knight. Look out for a stunning simplified landscape by leading Welsh landscape artist Sir Kyffin Williams.
Fashion-focused Gray M.C.A stops visitors in their tracks with a larger-than-life serigraphic fabric print by Henry Moore, produced in collaboration with the leading post-war textile business Ascher. Also on display are textile works by Jean Cocteau and glamorous sketches from fashion illustrators and designers, including René Gruau and Karl Lagerfeld.
The Rae-Smith Gallery
The Rae-Smith Gallery are dealers of 20th and 21st century illustration, design, and cartoon works on paper. This year they bring timeless light-hearted comics from Punch and Mel Calman which are as relevant today as when they were first produced.
The Mark Gallery
Specialists in Russian and Greek icons, The Mark Gallery’s space echoes the traditional environment in which icons were originally placed. Their large selection of wood-paneled iconographic art pairs with decor in rich reds, gilding, and revêtement.
Decorative art specialist Nic McElhatton offers an eclectic selection of objects tools, jars, barrels, and lanterns from around the world. These objects, made from rich, dark wood, are juxtaposed with model ships and nautical art.
Geoffrey Stead curates a sumptuous selection of gilt and mirrored antique furniture alongside brightly-colored works by the contemporary still life painter Mimi Roberts, all set against a deep black background.
Wakelin & Linfield
These antique dealers from West Sussex present a warm mix of traditional tools and furniture made from dark woods. Prioritizing untouched patina and tactile appeal, the space offers the true craftsmanship of yesteryear.