PAD 2017, the fair dedicated to design.

14 April 2017

From 22 to 26 March 2017, the Tuileries gardens organized, like every year, the Pad and its vast white big top which has the good fortune to shelter some master pieces from the decorative art and design

More than 60 galleries from France, Europe and elsewhere came together in a low-lit and luxurious ambiance to present their collections of pieces of historical and contemporary design, sculptures, jewelry, or glass and ceramics.



Two sculptures by Marie Louise Sorbac, Macho and Serena, gathered for the occasion by the Philippe Heim Gallery were what motivated us to pay a visit to the PAD. In the low lit velvety atmosphere, on a thick black carpet, we strolled along the two alleys decked out with furniture and piece of art. Unlike the ambiance of the FIAC with its sterile and always very sparse white cubes, here they have created rich lived-in spaces.

Here is a run down of the things we saw and liked in images.

For two years running the Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique has been present at the PAD in both Paris and London. A veritable institution, the Sèvres factory has been producing ceramic art since the 18th century. Far from an out-of-date artisanal art-form, Sèvres has always surrounded itself with real artists, both emerging and established, which imparts a resolutely contemporary feel: Michele de Lucchi (bottom left,) Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Bakker (bottom right) and others. Proudly entitled " colours of Sèvres," the Cité de la Céramique stand didn't disappoint us either by the originality of the different pieces on show or their actual presentation.


( 3 ceramics by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, eminent figure of the Memphis Group )




(On the left the "Blue Gate Lamp" by Victoria Wilmotte : on the right the "Spring Lamp" by Mathieu Lehanneur)

These two artists who are represented by the Carpenters Workshop Gallery and exhibited, amongst others, on their stand at the PAD incarnate the very spirit of contemporary design, very sculptural, yet minimalistic and poetic



("Puddle Bronze" : sculpture by Dutch artist Reiner Bosch)

Exhibited by the Priveekollektie gallery, this luxurious sculpture in polished bronze conveys the action of paint trickling and covering an object. A street scene, an everyday object, the artist tells of his inspiration during a voyage to Tibet where he was fortunate to observe this type of painting, greatly amplified by the wind, alongside objects completely covered and transformed by this new skin




(Mirror "JC" by French designer Mathias Kiss)

Exhibited by the Armel Soyer Gallery, this mirror was a veritable 'hit' this year at the PAD. Photographed and instagrammed hundreds of times, this mirror was already known even before coming to the fair. This object or rather mural sculpture has nothing to do with a mirror…. impossible to see ones reflection. And yet composed solely of mirrored glass, this completely deconstructed object, nearly cubist or even futurist, is a wonderful example of iconoclasm. Although it is called a 'mirror' this object is has no function at least not that of reflecting, bringing into question the principles of design and making it a hybrid somewhere between decorative art and sculpture.