The South African Antique, Art and Design association (SAADA), have set a new record this month by hosting South Africa’s first-ever Antique Instawalk.
In anticipation of the upcoming SAADA expo being held at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg from 2 – 4 October, SAADA have rounded up some of the city’s bloggers and media to join them for an Instawalk through the streets of Johannesburg.
The shops are not average stores, but treasure troves of trinkets and antiques, each carefully curated and guaranteeing that all visitors will be transported to another era. The stores included Unicorn Antiques, who stock a fine selection of museum-quality treasures of a European and Oriental origin and take it for granted, who cleverly show how to display massive oak antiquities in a contemporary and up-to-the-minute manner.
Guests enjoyed food and drinks at every shop, while they learnt a little bit more about what each outlet had to offer, directly from the owners.
The Instawalk is a precursor to the SAADO expo, which will officially launch on the evening of 1 October with a gala evening, where guests will be able to view the expo collections ahead of time and rub shoulders with top exhibitors and collectors. The night promises great cocktails, entertainment in the form of live music and delicious canapés, complimented with wine and Steenberg Farm MCC.
Further to this, along with SAADA’s regular attendees, the association is hoping to appeal to a younger crowd this year too. Paul Mrkusic, SAADA’s CEO comments, “at our expos we are trying to reach a much younger and more culturally diverse audience, both in terms of who visits our shows and also who exhibits. Antiques are not amusing oddities that folk of yesteryear made because they didn’t have Modern Family to watch; they were useful elements of design that precisely inform the world in which we live today, and ours will inform tomorrow’s – this is the truth we are engaged in communicating”.
In addition, this year’s event will also include an amazing ‘Find the Fake’ competition. “The first rule in collecting antiques is that they must be authentic and original… but can you tell the difference? We’ve decided to test that by placing a forgery somewhere within the exhibition hall and seeing who notices that this is simply counterfeit. Answers as to which is the fake art piece can be placed in a box at the entrance desk, and those who answer correctly will stand a chance to win a two-night stay at the extremely luxurious Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge, which overlooks Hout Bay in the Western Cape, as well as various other sought-after prizes,” says Paul.
Tickets can be purchased from the SAADA website for R150 a head