The 42nd edition of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is now officially open and is taking place in London’s iconic Olympia Exhibition Centre until 15 June. A-Gent of Style attended the Preview Press Day yesterday and this year’s instalment can boast exceptional exhibits and design-focussed talks that will make this year’s fair an unmissable event for interior designers, decorating enthusiasts and collectors.


Founded in 1972, the event is the capital’s largest and most established art and antiques fair, featuring 180 specialist exhibitors from across the world. Presenting an extensive and eclectic range of high-quality, carefully vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles, the fair occupies an important place in the international cultural calendar providing a unique cultural, social and shopping experience for over 30,000 discerning international visitors.

Anthony Outred

Anthony Outred

With exhibits drawn from antiquity to the present day, and with prices ranging from £100 to £1 million, the fair is renowned as an unmissable event for seasoned collectors and connoisseurs as well as first-time buyers, dealers and interior decorators. Set in Olympia’s stunning Grand Hall, and featuring a glamorous Preview Day, late night openings and a VIP charity night in aid of CLIC Sargent, the fair is firmly established as one of the most prestigious fixtures in London’s summer season. Whether you’re enhancing an existing collection, sourcing a first investment piece, transforming your home or simply looking for decorative inspiration, Olympia’s eclectic and extensive offering caters for all. With prices ranging from £100 – £1 million, and with pieces dating from antiquity to the present day, Olympia is an unmissable occasion for collectors, specialists, designers and first-time buyers across the globe.

Sue Norman

Sue Norman

Glamorous events, inspirational talks, exquisite dining opportunities and an iconic location combine to make Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair the event of the summer season. As mentioned in the introduction, there are a few noteworthy interior design-related events that A-Gent of Style looks forward to attending.

The most exciting of all being ‘The Prince of Chintz: Spotlight on American Design’ with the legendary Mario Buatta, American Interior Designer and author of
‘Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration’ who will be flying from America especially for the talk. Don’t miss it. A-Gent of Style will of course be attending. Wednesday 11 June 12.30pm – 1.30pm.


Other talks will include:

  • The Life of the House, How Rooms Evolve with Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, Interior Designer, in association with BIID
  • Lynn Chadwick and Yorkshire Sculpture Park Celebrating the centenary of the sculptor’s birth
  • Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Nomads
  • William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, an exhibition at the V&A

You can view the full list of events here.


Worth a mention is also the special exhibition this year celebrating British art nouveau and arts & crafts designer, Archibald Knox, in association with the Archibald Knox Society to mark the 150th anniversary of Knox’s birth in 1864 presenting the greatest collection of Knox’s metalwork (featuring exceptional and rare pieces of Liberty & Co) originating from a number of private collections never before shown in the public domain ever seen in a single venue. There will be a talk on 7 June ‘Archibald Knox: Beauty & Modernity – A Designer Ahead of His Time
‘ (4.00pm – 5.00pm)

Archibald Knox Cymric Rose Bowl, silver & enamel, WH Haseler, c. 1905

The range of items on sale at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 will span over 35 different categories of art, antiques and collectibles including: 20th century art and design / antiquities and numismatics / arms and militaria /
Art Deco and Art Nouveau / Asian works of art / books and manuscripts / canes and walking sticks / carpets and rugs / ceramics / clocks and watches / contemporary art and design / furniture / glass / jewellery / lighting / miniatures / musical instruments / natural history / photographs / pictures and posters / prints and maps / scientific objects / sculptures / silver / sporting items / textiles and tribal art.

Here some of A-Gent of Style’s favourite vignettes at the Fair:

Nicholas Bagshawe

Nicholas Bagshawe


Hatchwell Antiques

Hatchwell Antiques


Sue Norman

Sue Norman





Christopher Butterworth

Christopher Butterworth


Robert Barley

Robert Barley

Dinan and Chighine

Dinan and Chighine


La Pendulerie

La Pendulerie





Wakelin and linfield

Wakelin and linfield


Vivioli Arte Antica

Vivioli Arte Antica



 – Photographs by Flint PR and A-Gent of Style – 






If you remember his postCamila Chameleon‘ on the blog last November, you will already know how passionately A-Gent of Style feels about Kids Company and its formidable founder Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Today, A-Gent of Style would like to draw your attention to the most noble charity fundraiser, The Spring Clean, created by design duo Carden Cunietti. Taking place at the end of this week in a London pop-up shop, this three-day event will sell donated interiors objects to raise money for the London children’s charity.

A-Gent of Style would like to take this opportunity to thank the designers he bullied approached in the last couple of weeks and who generously gave away some of their unwanted rolls of fabrics and wallpapers. We hope to see as many of you at this fun and noteworthy event and raise as much money as possible. See all details below.




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Below, some of the donations up for grabs:

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Nothing would make A-Gent of Style happier today than being instantly transported to the City of Light to attend the preview of this year’s new iteration of
the Pavilion of Art and Design, more familiarly known now as the PAD, returning to the Jardin des Tuileries and now in its 18th edition.

A-Gent of Style, a customary enthusiast of the Paris and also London fair for the last five years (you can see a couple of his previous features here and here) had to break his own-made tradition this spring as he has been invited by KLC School of Design, of which he is an alumnus, to give a few lectures at the end of this week, a great honour and privilege he could not possibly refrain from accepting.

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PAD, pioneering event for Art and Design aficionados and collectors, has been reinventing for almost the past two decades the Cabinet d’Amateur and the notion of eclecticism, anticipating the aesthetic aspirations of its time. Season after season, it offers an intimate cocoon to those who have made decorative arts and design the core of their collection, driven by passion and heritage.

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Every edition evolves in aim to create an unprecedented dialogue between modern art, historical and contemporary design and jewellry. This year will give greater room to Primitive Art, and will highlight the vitality of raising such perspectives. The engaging aspect of PAD is its invitation to enter a personal collection, conceived by a selection of seventy-five local and international art dealers – all of whom are leaders in their fields, eager to address each passionate collector in a unique manner. In this salon, mind is enlivened and imagination is exhilarated, as entering a place where the contemporary taste for 20th and 21st century decorative art is born.


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This year again, the PAD Prize Jury will select from among the exhibitors the Award-Winning stand, Award-Winning Design Piece and Award-Winning 20th Century Decorative Art Piece. Each Award acknowledges the display and curatorial signature of the galleries’ booths and vignettes, as well as the quality and innovation of the works brought to the fair.

The Selection Committee, comprised of renowned art dealers, including some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourites such as Jacques Lacoste, Mathieu Richard, Chahan, Dansk Møbelkunst, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Gallery 88, Yves Gastou and Rossella Colombari is responsible for the examination of each new candidacy at the fair according to the high standards for which the PAD has become known.

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Since the PAD won’t open its doors to the public until tomorrow and his mole in Paris is not available today, A-Gent of Style sadly could not show you on time for today’s feature the stunning stands and seductive vignettes of this year’s sophisticated fair but in the meanwhile here is his selection of some of the wondrous objets on show ready to dazzle the connoisseurs during its four-day run.

And as usual, don’t hesitate to get in touch with A-Gent of Style at fabricebana@gmail.com if you want to get some information about any piece.

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– Photos by PAD and AD France –

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