Thursday, July 01, 2010
Above: Stained glass and garden seat on Neil Phillips stand.
Glorious weather, a record number of exhibitors from as far as Hungary, Germany, France, Belgium and Scotland, and plenty of buying visitors from as far as New Zealand, USA and Japan, added up to another successful Salvo Fair on June 26th and 27th.
The trade morning on Friday 25th started well with a buyer from Portobello Road so keen to be in at 9am that he paid £92 for a small pitch to get an exhibitor pass, and had merrily spent spent several thousand pounds by the official opening time of 11am. After 1pm public were admitted, which meant that many of the smaller mixed stands had recouped their fair costs by Friday evening, when Florian Langenbeck and Thomas Knapp kindly invited exhibitors to a soiree featuring German beer, bread and sausage.
The Saturday was very busy with long queues before opening and a few thousand visitors through the gates during the day. (We will not know the official visitor numbers until Knebworth's accountant has checked everything next week.) That evening the exhibitor get together, sponsored by Salvo, and kindly organised by Peter Watson of Cox's Yard was deemed a great success.
Sunday was, predictably, less busy with the world cup England v Germany match at 3pm, which was shown in a few places live on the fair field. Even so, several stands reported constant sales throughout the match.
The next Salvo Fair is scheduled for June 24 - 26 2011.
Next year we plan to beef up the Friday trade day, making it trade only and increasing the ticket price, with no public allowed, but with free invites to international dealers and specifiers in architecture, construction, landscaping, interiors, set creators, hotel and pub trade from around the world. We will also ask exhibitors to bring larger items and more reclaimed building materials samples, and we will once again have an exhibitor cap and reduce the amount of new and repro on the site, which had been noticeably cut down this year.
Above: Florian Langenbeck from Historische Türen in Freiburg, Germany
Above: Sam Coster (left) of Mongers of Hingham, Norfolk, and Peter Watson of Cox's Yard, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire
Above: Guy Trench from Antiques By Design, Maldon, Essex
Above: Damian and Lou Cronin of Woodstone, Cronins Reclamation and The Original Home Store, Little Bookham, Surrey
Above: Ed Pearce (left) of V & V Reclamation, Hertford, Nadine and Jason (right) Davies from The Architrectural Forum, Islington, London, and Matt Davies (hat) of Premier Fires and Floors Restoration, London