PAD London can be found in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square 14 – 18 October 2015. Impeccably presented booths from leading international dealers successfully demonstrate how tribal and modern art, photography, sculpture, furniture, rugs and textiles can interact and co-exist to great effect.
Contemporary textile works can be seen at Galerie Maria Wettergren where ‘City light 3’, a jacquard weaving by Grethe Soerensen, appears painterly from afar, ‘Side by Side/Low Mohair’ by Ditte Hammerstrøm makes a feature of artful upholstery techniques and ‘Arakne’ by Gjertrud Hals casts delicate web-like shadows on the wall. Antique Japanese textiles are the basis for much of the indigo work by dye artist Shihoko Fukamoto, whose pieces glowed on Katie Jones’ stand; here too were glimmering metal weavings by Kyoko Kumai and an organic jute hanging by Naoko Serino. Three room sets at Modernity, Stockholm were founded upon mid-20th century Swedish and Finnish rugs that are the ideal complement to Scandinavian furniture from the same era. Vintage rugs also help set the mood for Hamilton’s photographic exhibition of 1970s nudes.
A large silk and metal thread embroidery of a maze surrounding angels, designed by Gio Ponti, dominates the wall of ALB Antiquites Antoine Broccardo, a tapestry screen by Jean Lurçat circa 1926 sits alongside abstract painting at Karry Gallery, and a framed arts and crafts Voysey carpet cartoon hangs above a sideboard at H. Blairman & Sons Ltd.