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BADA Fair partner House & Garden magazine invited four leading interior designers to choose their favourite items during an exclusive fair preview.

Rebecca Griffin, Martin Hulbert, Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham put in their vote for best pieces chosen from among the fair’s 100 stands.

Rebecca Griffin of Russell Sage Studio chose a George III mahogany and brass mounted three train table clock, signed by John Tilby (1790) from Tobias Birch. She said: “The intricacies of the brass detailing give such personality to the piece.”

Martin Hulbert, a designer with 25 years’ experience, went for a c.1790 red tortoiseshell tea caddy from Hampton Antiques, a piece that he found pleasing in colour and simplicity.

Countrepoint (1969) by Jeremy Le Grice was the favourite of Nicole Salvesen of Salvesen Graham, who said: “It would work wonderfully in a contemporary family home.” The large-scale painting is on the stand of Gray M.C.A.

Salvesen’s partner Mary Graham went for a cork model of the Temple of Zeus at Paestum (c.1820) on the stand of Jonathan Coulborn & Sons. It is attributed to Domenico Padiglione's workshop in Naples. “I find this so evocative of the Grand Tour,” she said, adding that it would be “a talking point for a client’s guests.”

Each of the selected stands was presented with a certificate reading 'Interior Designer's choice for House and Garden' to hang on their stands for the duration of the fair. 

BADA Fair opens today and will run through March 15.