PAD subtly reinvents itself for the London edition

As PAD returns to London for its 21st edition, the unique concoction of contemporary and Mid-century design, antiques, art and precious objects still feels fresh and inspiring. From a new invasion of Italian participants (Rossana Orlandi and Dimore Gallery joined the ranks for the first time), to an impressive influx of young talent from different disciplines (including Korean designer Wonmin Park and jeweller-turned-designer Lara Bohinc), explore all the highlights below...

the British interior design

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Rose Uniacke

Winner of this year's Pad Prize, the British interior designer staged an intimate and domestic booth, which included woven artworks by Peter Collingwood and a jazz-age chess table

armchairs by French design

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Rose Uniacke

Works on display also featured a set of armchairs by French designer Mathieu Matégot

asymmetrical marble console

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Hervé Van Der Straeten

The French designer's booth inlcuded this asymmetrical marble console

Bauchet Bedsides Photo Sylvie Chan Liat

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Galerie Kreo

The French gallery showcased this pair of bedside tables by François Bauchet, in addition to a larger console. Titled 'Hadar,' the collection features hollow volumes, and a juxtaposition of straight lines and curves. Photography: Sylvie Chan-Liat, courtesy Galerie kreo

intricate mosaic motif installed on a traditional bench

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Rossana Orlandi

The fair newcomer presented Yukiko Nagai's 'Panchina' in Merletto (lace detailing), featuring an intricate mosaic motif installed on a traditional bench. Photography: Tatiana Uzlova, courtesy of Rossana Orlandi

Wonmin Park's first foray in metal furniture

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Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Korean designer Wonmin Park's first foray in metal furniture was the focus of a sombre, minimalist set at Carpenters Workshop Gallery's booth

New lighting pieces by Pia Maria Raede

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Galerie BSL

New lighting pieces by Pia Maria Raeder and an armchair by Ayala Serfaty made of textile fibres on a metal frame were presented by Galerie BSL

Galerie BSL's booth

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Galerie BSL

A sinuous console by Gildas Berthelot was a highlight of Galerie BSL's booth

The Parisian gallery

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Meubles et Lumières

The Parisian gallery featured an array Mid-century lighting by Robert Mathieu and Pierre Guariche

Dimore Galler

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Dimore Gallery

Another Italian newcomer to the fair, the stand combined Dimore Studio's Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci's own designs with mid-century pieces by the likes of Pierre Guariche, Angelo Lelli and Ico Parisi

the Mayfair gallery

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Gallery Fumi

London-based designer Lara Bohinc presented a new series of lamps with the Mayfair gallery

colourful stand design to showcase works by the like of Nendo

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The French ceramics master presented an unusual booth this year, featuring a bold, colourful stand design to showcase works by the like of Nendo, Doshi Levien, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and Philippe Apeloig

cabinet by Doshi Levien

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One of the most talked-about pieces in the fair was this cabinet by Doshi Levien. Produced by Sévres, the cabinet featured glazed ceramic doors featuring motifs from the pair's on-going research into Le Corbusier's work in Chandigarh

the Parisian gallery's stand

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Matthieu Richard

Furniture pieces by Mathieu Matégot were presented alongside lighting by Georges Jouve at the Parisian gallery's stand

Gallerie Jacques Lacoste

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Galerie Jacques Lacoste

There was a mix of French furniture from the 1930s-50s at the stand this year, including works by Diego Giacometti, Max Ingrand and Jean Royère

contemporary design

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Sarah Myerscough

The London-based gallerist who specialises in traditional crafts in contemporary design revealed new works by Irish maker Joseph Walsh

The Scandinavian design

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Maria Wettergren

The Scandinavian design expert presented new pieces including Ditte Hammerstroem's knotted bench (left) and Mathias Bengtsson (centre back)

Best Contemporary Design

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Galerie Gosserez 

Valentin Loellmann’s ‘Copper Corner’ bench (pictured hugging a tree at the gallery's organic stand) won the Pad Prize for Best Contemporary Design

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.