Now in its 8th year, PAD London is the definitive destination for 20th century art, design and decorative arts. Running from 15-19 October, the fair returns to its boutique location on Berkeley Square with a showcase of 62 prominent galleries from Europe, North America and the Middle East. Championing eclectic taste and inspiring cross collecting at the highest level, PAD yet again delivers a strong blend of modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts.

This year sees an exceptional range of contemporary design exhibitors. Amman Gallery (Germany) premieres the latest pieces of Turin based design studio Nucleo, with a renewed version of their iconic ‘Resin Fossil Table’, while Galerie Kreo (France/London) showcases works by Mark Newson and design duo Doshi Levien to coincide with the opening of their new space in Mayfair. Specialising in silver design, Garrido Gallery (Spain) unveils their most recent collection of distinctive sculptural furniture, and Hervé van der Straeten (France) introduces new creations of his own, including ‘Pipe Show’, a striking console comprised of polished brass tubes.

Young British designers make a strong appearance at PAD this year with Nilufar (Italy) exhibiting works by Bethan Laura Wood from her Criss Cross Collection. Gallery Fumi (UK) features ‘Roly Poly daybed’ by Faye Toogood alongside iconic chairs by Alex Hull, and Priveekollektie (Netherlands) shows a vibrant display of interactive design by Dominic Harris.

Representing 20th Century design, James (France) introduces Modern Brazilian design to the fair while Galerie Pascal Cuisinier (France) curates a special display of French chair design from the 1950s. Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval (France) focuses on iconic design from the French Art Deco period including pieces by Pierre Chareau, Paul Dupré-Lafon and Jean-Michel Frank.

Upholding the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ tradition and joining PAD for the first time, Finch & Co (UK) offers a collection of ethnographic art and antiquities from all corners of the globe, from Sri Lanka and the Soloman Islands to Austria and the British Isles. They will be joining expert tribal art galleries Alain de Monbrison (France), Lucas Ratton (France) and Galerie Flak (France), also first-time participants.

A wealth of new modern art exhibitors invigorates the fair this year. Daniel Blau (UK) puts forward a solo exhibit of rediscovered drawings by Andy Warhol. Robilant + Voena (UK/Italy) focuses on Italian Modern Art, with works by Agostino Bonalumi, Lucio Fontana and Paul Scheggi. Other highlights include Mayoral’s (Spain) display of ‘Mobile’ sculptures by Alexander Calder; Robin Katz Fine Art (UK) with paintings by acclaimed British artist Bridget Riley; and Galerie Gmurzynska (Switzerland) with conceptual works by Yves Klein and iconic pieces by pop artist Robert Indiana.

Michael Hoppen Gallery returns to PAD with a themed exhibit on horizon in photography: the centrepiece, a sought-after photograph by Hunter S. Thompson. Hamiltons Gallery presents eye-catching photographs by Guido Mocafico.

This year also sees the addition of French museum and porcelain factory, Sèvres – Cité de la céramique. Established in 1740, this historic institution presents commissioned works of modern and contemporary ceramic art by designers such as Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Bakker. A striking life size ceramic dress by Brazilian fashion designer Gustavo Lins will be the focal point on their stand.

The PAD restaurant and bar will be designed by David Collins Studio. As the designers behind some of the world’s most exquisite interiors, including bars at The Connaught, The Berkeley and Claridge’s, this temporary space epitomises their trademark style and includes a tribute to the late interior designer David Collins.

On behalf of Moët Hennessy, a prestigious judging panel chaired by Jasper Conran and including Zaha Hadid, Julia Peyton-Jones, Nigel Coates and Tom Dixon will come together to select the winner of prizes in three categories. The Best Stand Award will be presented to exhibitors displaying originality and exceptional curatorial expertise alongside The Contemporary Design Award and The 20th Century Decorative Art Award for spectacular works in these fields.

For the first time this year HSBC is the official partner of PAD London. This follows the bank’s sponsorship of PAD Paris for the 9th consecutive year.

PAD London

Berkeley Square
London W1 United Kingdom

Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday from 11am to 8pm
Sunday from 11am to 6pm

Related images
  1. ARP (Atelier de Recherches Plastiques - Studio Plastic Searches) (1953-1957), Pair of armchairs A7, "Corb", Steiner edition, 1954
  2. Joris Laarman, Maker Table (Diamond), 2014, Hard maple, 29.53 x 96.46 x 47.24 in, 75 x 245 x 120 cm Edition of 3
  3. André Sornay (1902 - 2000), Desk with his seat, "Nailed" Ash and solid Ash, Circa 1938, Desk dimensions: Height: 29.7 in, Length: 60 in, Depth: 31.5 in, Bridge dimensions: Height: 36.2 in, Width: 21.1 in, Depth: 20.9 in
  4. José Zanine Caldas, "Z" armchair, 1951, Compensado naval, wool, © James / Paul Viguier
  5. Roberto Giulio Rida, Pair of Lattea table lamps, Brass table lamps, the shades with circular cut-outs revealing the sanded glass diffusers within, Italy contemporary, H:69 cm Diameter:36 cm
  6. Jean Royère (1902-1981), Low chair, Ca 1950, Lacquered metal and upholstery, Created for the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs of 1939, Dimensions: 73,5 × L 100 × la 60 cm, Provenance : Madame Migeon