Trend: Wood, a magnificent material

To mark the 21st edition of the PAD (Paris Art + Design), from 22 to 26 March in the Tuileries Gardens, we take a plunge into the heart of the matter… Wood or the poetry of raw essences. Variations on an age-old material with a bright future ahead, whose presence on the decorative-arts and design market is… natural. If furniture reflects the spirit of an era, then wood is well and truly a material that cannot be dissociated from the decorative arts. The emergence of a sedentary lifestyle in the Middle Ages contributed to the development of a type of furniture whose technical characteristics have evolved. Starting off with metal hinges and complex assemblies, progress was quick and gave rise to all the variations that we know today. In France, the 17th century saw the emergence of veneered furniture and cabinetwork. Ebony took the place of blackened pearwood while a new type of furniture item made its entrance: the cabinet. The Enlightenment brought an abundance of skill and ingeniousness in all furniture forms, usages and assemblies. Following the lead of the reigning sovereign’s tastes, furniture gradually took on the contributions of Boulle marquetry, porcelain plaques, imported lacquer, Martin varnish… Some furniture was even made sheet metal! Wood was no longer the focus, merely a means of expressing unparalleled refinement. One precision nonetheless: this principle only applied to Parisian decorative arts, conditioned by corporatism. In the French regions, namely in port towns, furniture could appear in solid mahogany. Meanwhile, the 19th century placed greater priority on the quality of wood: mahogany from Saint-Domingue, from Cuba… But very quickly, mechanisation hollowed a gap between artistic craftsmanship and industry. A union between the arts and industry was not a vain utopia however. Michael Thonet thus perfected a bentwood technique drawing inspiration from...

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PAD London Art Fair

From 14 to 18 October 2015, PAD London is hosting its art fair in Berkerley Square, London. The London art fair presents 20th Century art, design and decorative arts. International galleries from across Europe, North America and Asia will come together to offer a panorama of works available on the market today. PAD epitomises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal unique combinations and create the most individual interiors. In this light, it is a different way of collecting. PAD promotes diversity, authenticity and connoisseurship with passion and skill. This year, 32 judges will award the PAD Prize, sponsored by the wine and spirits group Bernard Arnault, Moët Hennessy. Three stands will be divided into three sections: decorative art of 20th century, contemporary and antique designs. Its boutique setting is designed to inspire collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interiors specialists, design practitioners and the public alike, making PAD an important event of its kind. PAD Paris is hosting an art fair in Spring...

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The Springtime Of Vigorous Art Fairs

Paris, 6 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). A springtime breeze is blowing over the international agenda of the art market. Fairs and biennials are springing up, communication is in full swing, and buyers and sellers are preparing themselves for a tough schedule of events. More than twenty years ago, Raymonde Moulin – a great sociologist and art market specialist – drew attention on the incredible development of art fairs, in particular those concerning contemporary art: “Big art fairs are the commercial doorways for the international promotion of art. They were created after two successive peaks, the first one was at the start of the seventies, and the second one was during the first half of the eighties. The number of galleries present at each fair increased considerably: the first fair in Cologne (1969) brought together 35 galleries and the recent fair in Basel (1990) gathered 300.” Fairs have indeed always been an excellent indicator of the health of the market, and their setting up has always been influenced by the evolution of the art trade cartography. While major events have historically been carried out – and are still predominant – throughout Europe and the United States, the new polarity of the art market may well be keyed to the profusion of commercial shows within Asia, and Hong Kong in particular. International highlights such as Art Basel are prime examples of this phenomenon. Such events are the pulse of evolutions and trends, and they favour the increase of regional editions to attract bigger crowds of new buyers and local collectors. March is foreseen as an intense month, with Cornelian choices set for the second week. Seasonal touristic promenades across the four corners of the art world. The Must-Sees The 26th edition of TEFAF – from 15 to 24 March...

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The Pavilion of Arts and Design announces its 2013 edition

Paris, 6 December 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The 17th edition of the Pavilion of Arts and Design will be held from 27 to 31 March 2013 in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. The Pavilion of Arts and Design established itself on the scene of decorative arts fairs as a trend-maker in the international design field. It displays a selection of galleries specialised in historical and contemporary design, as well as works of Modern art, tribal art, designer jewellery, gold work and silverware, in an eclectic fashion also emblematic of the PAD London Art+Design to be held from 16 to 20 October 2013. The PAD Prize is awarded each year by a board of personalities from the world of design, art, culture, fashion and business, to an object or work displayed in the salon, subsequently donated to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. In addition to the donation to the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the board also rewards the Best Stand, Best Contemporary Object, Best Modern Work, and Best 20th Century Decorative...

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Hervé Van Der Straeten at the PAD-London

London, 27 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA) The Art and Design Pavilion in London will take place from 10 to 14 October 2012. Designer Herbé Van Der Straeten, who also owns his own gallery, will be present. The selection of furniture and works presented during the PAD-London is on display at the Parisian gallery during the “Dissonances” exhibition. Hervé Van Der Straeten will exhibit his consoles Chaos and Propagation, the mirrors Lollypop and Nébuleuse and the Aurore chandelier. Since its opening in 1999, the gallery displays furniture, light fixtures, mirrors, objects and jewellery made by the designer. Each year, new creations appear as one-of-a-kind or in limited series. His pieces of furniture show a certain hybridity and elegance combining different fine...

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