PAD has been a magnet for international collectors of design and decorative arts for more than two decades. Established in Paris by Patrick Perrin in 1997, the Pavilion of Art & Design established a London edition 11 years ago, which pops up in Berkeley Square each autumn. This year (from Wednesday January 31 to Sunday February 4), PAD is expanding its reach once again, and will bring its unique cocktail of opulent and extravagant artworks, antiquities, jewellery and furniture to the Swiss contemporary and modern art fair ArtGenève.
The genius of PAD has always been to curate remarkable designs from all eras that sit beautifully in modern interiors, whether they are Roman marble busts – such as the 1st-century two-faced sculpture on show in the collection of Phoenix Ancient Art – or a contemporary limited edition Achille Salvagni Spider chandelier, created last year in gold-plated bronze, white-patinated bronze and onyx.
Pieces at PAD Genève 2018 that are bound to create a frenzy include a cabinet (1968) by American Studio Furniture designer Paul Evans – in copper, brass, steel and wood – shown on the stand of Chahan Gallery, and the valet chair designed for Johannes Hansen by Hans Wegner in 1959, displayed among the Scandinavian delicacies at Stockholm’s Modernity gallery.
And while the fair is a reliable source for design’s greatest hits, those eager to discover lesser-known figures and emerging contemporary talent will also be sated. Head to Priveekollektie – a gallery based in the Netherlands – that provides a platform for up-and-coming makers of collectable design, as well as some more established names. The highlight of its stand – Studio Job’s spectacular earthenware Pyramids of Makkum (2008) – is one of the many enticing treasures at the show.