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PAD London | Celebrating Contemporary Design

PAD London is here this October, after two years of online-only activity. PAD London returns to the British capital for a week-long showcase of exceptional design. Celebrating craftmanship and innovation, the fair’s 14 th edition will once again delight art and design lovers with a world-class selection of works spanning Contemporary and 20thC Design.

Faithful to the distinctive flair and originality that forged PAD’s reputation over the years, this highly anticipated edition will premiere outstanding works by emerging and iconic talents, while also shedding light on rare, age-old techniques, new sustainable crafts and innovative materials that inform design today.

Patrick Perrin, Founder and CEO of PAD fairs

“It is a joy to be back in London. This new edition of PAD captures all the elements that constitute the fair’s DNA: a curated gathering of the world’s most visionary gallerists and creators, driven by a common goal to champion exceptional work, new talent, innovation and craftsmanship; a desire to inspire the most spectacular interiors by sparking a conversation between past and present and most of all, a commitment to break down barriers between the disciplines of art, design and jewellery in order to foster creativity.”

A forerunner in the world of Contemporary Design, New York dealer Cristina Grajales will celebrate her 16-year collaboration with French designer Christophe Côme with a booth entirely dedicated to the artist’s oeuvre in glass and enamel.

Young Design Talents


Providing a platform for young talents, PAD foregrounds new works by emerging artists from around the world, including Chinese innovative material designer Jie Wu (Gallery FUMI) whose artworks and furniture are made by casting antique rosewood in resin of varying colours; Léa Mestres (Galerie Scène Ouverte) whose pop designs with soft and enveloping forms and radiant colours have quickly gained a strong following.

Sustainable Design


Many designers and artists in the fair focus on innovative sustainable techniques and responsibly sourced materials. These include two Mexican designers who are committed to preserving their country’s legacy of artisanal craftsmanship: Industrial designer Fernando Laposse (Sarah Myerscough Gallery) who works with indigenous communities to create striking pieces of marquetry made from the colourful leaves of Mexican maize and Juan José Nemer and Mauricio Alvarez from the design duo ad hoc (Ammann // Gallery) who create objects and furniture made in collaboration with local artisans, using high-quality materials such as ixtle (a natural fibre from agave).

An intimate relationship to the land and its resources also shapes the approaches of many designers in this year’s selection, as demonstrated by British artist Nic Webb. Non-recyclable materials are at the core of many innovative designs to go on view: a new coffee-table in reclaimed foam by Eindhoven-based Singaporean designer Zavier Wong.

Craftsmanship: Embracing Heritage and Innovation

Year after year, PAD has introduced maestros and young artisans who cultivate rare, centuryold techniques, invent new crafts and experiment with unconventional materials. This year, ceramics and glass artists occupy a prime position. Textile art and works in paper will also go on view, with a new oak cabinet featuring woven fabric made of Japanese paper.

Sparking a dialogue between Past and Present


Since its inception in 2007, PAD’s ambition has always been to provide inspiration for the most distinctive interiors by sparking a dialogue between art and design, disciplines and periods, past and present. This year’s edition is no exception. On the booth of Milan gallery Nilufar, visitors will be able to discover the retro-futuristic creations of Beirut-based design studio David/Nicolas, the joyful metal furniture of Belgian contemporary designer Xavier Lust and highly sought-after examples of 1960s Brazilian design.

Interior Decorators and Designers


A roster of world-class interior decorators and designers will make their first appearance at the fair. Parisian star architect and interior designer Charles Zana will premiere his new furniture line, Charles Zana Mobilier, in a carefully curated booth marrying sensual shapes, warm tones, irresistible fabrics and noble materials.



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