|It is true that to achieve your goal of visiting Core One Antiques, just two minutes from the main Kings Road, the heart of London’s Chelsea antiques district, you will be challenged by a security barrier and “sleeping policemen” as you travel through this meandering village of artisan workshops and furniture warehouses that make up the Gasworks compound, but if you follow the signs to Core One Antiques turning left and left you will be rewarded with an astonishing collection of antique furniture and objects from the very grand to the very sleek, the frankly industrial and the hugely quirky.
The nine dealers here come from all walks of life and bring their varied taste and experience to the great mixing pot that is Core One Antiques. The combination of styles and periods provide an eye popping sensory experience equivalent to visiting the best of international antiques fairs.
You will find furniture by known designers of the 20th century for the metropolitan interior to vast breakfront bookcases to stand in country houses in deepest Dorset, to dimly foxed mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, Chinoiserie bureaux, mirrors, period and decorative antique furniture including faded mahogany chests, classic country house tables, chests, chairs and cabinets with antique and decorative lighting which hangs from every beam and rafter on the two floors of this vast building.
Breezing through recently, a group of clients found some rare and exciting pieces –a pair of Austrian marble top commodes from Stadt Palais,Vienna, a pair of painted side tables in the form of drums, a glass dining table with giant lead daisy-shaped supports, an Italian glass console table with a thousand hanging shards of crystal, a humble Irish folk art carpet, a Black Forest dog kennel decorated with miniature pine cones, a set of four Irish Regency multi-coloured stained glass windows and a pair of Medici mirrors from Italy as big as garage doors,. They could not fail to be entranced.
Core One Antiques in London is a grand mixture of the antiques trade on so many levels and quite unique in the mix – an unrivalled collection of antiques and design under one roof to please and entice private and trade buyers alike.
Lofty interior designers from the West Coast of America often swoop in to tick items off their wish list for their Hollywood and White House clients. Young married city dwellers call in on Saturday morning, wandering in from the King’s Road to find that perfect upholstered sofa for their London home. Antique trade dealers from rural England and Europe arrive in their vans to buy and sell to the dealers here and occasionally a “Dealer Swap Shop” is organised in the vast parking space outside Core One, where the trade gather to swap, buy and sell and eat bacon sandwiches while discussing the news of the day.
Core One Antiques – nine superb showrooms in one vast building just off the King’s Road, London,SW6 2AN.
Christophe Edwards, Christopher Jones, Dean Antiques, Glaisher + Nash, James Graham-Stewart, Richard Steenberg, Roderic Haugh
10 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday
11 am – 5 pm Saturday
Or by Appointment
Free unlimited parking.
Outside the congestion charge zone.