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Review : PAD London 2017 in Berkeley Square – 2nd to 8th October 2017

PAD London returns to Berkeley Square for its 11th edition from 2-8 October 2017. The internationally acclaimed fair for art and design features 68 galleries who showcase spectacular objects across genres and periods, from contemporary, modern and historical design to modern and tribal art, jewellery and antiquities.

PAD London 2017 celebrates contemporary design with the unveiling of newly commissioned pieces by some of the most respected designers from around the world. South Korean designer Wonmin Park reveals an entirely new body of work at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The new table Y-122 by French duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec is presented for the first time in London by Kreo who also feature Dutch designer Hella Jongerius with her Dragonfly coffee table.

At Galerie BSL, Canadian sculptor and cabinetmaker Gildas Berthelot produces a sculptural console made out of wood. New Anemone floor lamps by German designer Pia Maria Raeder, as well as unique furniture pieces in handmade nuno felt by Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty are also premiered at the stand of BSL.

Up and coming designers Nacho Carbonell, Guglielmo Poletti and Fernando Mastrangelo, are presented at Rossana Orlandi.

British designers are also featured at PAD. Minimal geometric pieces by ceramicist Matthew Chambers are introduced by first-time French exhibitor Mouvements Modernes. Bethan Laura Wood presents two new pieces at Milan’s Nilufar. FUMI showcases the new Fonteyn chair by London-based duo Brooksbank & Collins. Designers Gareth Neal and Christopher Duffy make striking use of wood with groundbreaking new works displayed at Sarah Myerscough.

20th century furniture is always popular at PAD with Galerie Le Beau’s Brazilian exhibits, Modernity feature Scandinavian pieces by Finn Juhl, Ib Kofod-Larsen and Poul Henningsen.

On show at Rose Uniacke is a pair of modernist chairs by Danish design company Frits Schlegel.

Jewellery can be enjoyed in seven prominent galleries including New York’s antique and rare jewellery expert Siegelson. Newcomer Ma Tei, Hemmerle, and Louisa Guinness brings artist jewellery to the fore with a collection by Claude Lalanne, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gavin Turk and Ron Arad.

The Tribal Art and Antiquities selection is one of the highlight of the fair with Lucas Ratton showcasing a collection of artefacts including a 19th century Fang mask from Gabon, Phoenix Ancient Art presents a Greek Chalcidian helmet from 4th century B.C. Pre-Columbian art specialist Mermoz include a Mexican terracotta dancer figurine from the Colima culture. Peter Petrou, brings together unique findings such as a pair of Egyptian Bronze eyes from 1070-243 B.C.

Among the modern galleries, De Jonckheere presents a painting by René Magritte inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and an iconic Lucio Fontana. Vertes showcases an all-star selection including Sigmar Polke, Andy Warhol, Josef Albers and Willem de Kooning. Works by Joan Miró from the 1970s are on display both at Vertes and Mayoral, while Aktis offers two exceptional paintings by Le Corbusier.

One of the features of the fair is the annual PAD Prizes which this year were awarded to Galerie Gosserez for Best Contemporary Design, Galerie Le Beau for Best 20th Century Design and Rose Uniake for Best Stand . The prestigious panel of judges included Jasper Conran, Yana Peel, Tom Dixon and Deyan Sudjic, amongst others.

PAD London is one of the prestigious of the art fairs that spring up all over London at this time of year, it allows visitors the opportunity to explore many areas of contemporary design and other genres in the unusual setting of Berkeley Square, the site features an acclaimed restaurant and has plenty of diverse and eclectic objects to enjoy.

Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

For more information , visit the PAD website here

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