PAD London 2014
Decorative arts and design at their very best once again return to London’s Berkeley Square with the 8th edition of PAD London. It’s no coincidence that this world class act is taking place at the same time as the Frieze shows. On the contrary Frieze is THE reason, as the many serious collectors from among the world’s super rich all descend on London for the Frieze jamboree during this single week of the year. As you’ll note from our brief interviews with some of this year’s exhibitors, Frieze week is quite simply their busiest time of the year.
PAD was founded in 1996 by 18th century furniture and drawing specialist Patrick Perrin, PAD exhibits in both Paris and London, and has evolved with the times from an antiques fair to a championing of all things eclectic. The cross collecting emphasis is very much in tune with the times as traditional boundaries are being universally breached. PAD London successfully delivers a strong blend of modern art, photography, design, tribal and decorative arts. Even Frieze this year has launched Frieze Masters in recognition of the trend towards eclecticism. A stringent process of selection is ensured by a committee comprised of some of the best galleries in their respective fields.
GDC interiors presents our best in show of seven galleries out of a total of 62 exhibiting at PAD London
Based in UK. Specialising in 20th Century Furniture, Philippe Rapin and Erik Müllendorff focus on work from American, Italian, French and Belgian designers. Both dealers have published extensively on the subject of 20th Century decorative arts and serve on the vetting committees of various international art fairs.
GDC interiors: Why PAD?
Erik Müllendorff: Because I think this week in London is important as it is happening at the same time as Frieze. People are travelling to London from all over the world and Mayfair being so central is a great place to meet them. It is the best fair also because it is such an international gathering.
GDC interiors: What are the highlights of your stand?
Erik Müllendorff: I like the Console Table in walnut and steel and the Circular Table, both designed by Gio Ponti, the Italian architect from the 50s. I also like the Chandelier by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte.
GDC interiors: Other PAD London exhibitors you admire?
Erik Müllendorff: I like the choice of Ammann Gallery, especially her mix of photography and contemporary design.