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The heart of London’s Mayfair district was the place to be on the design scene from 10 to 15 October. And with good reason: the PAD, a fair dedicated to historic and contemporary design, was there to showcase the finest creations in the field. Acumen presents its top four.

Galerie Philia 

Galerie Philia’s “Contrasts” exhibition was its first appearance at the London Show. In addition to an oil painting by Nicolas de Staël, the international gallery presented design fans with three pieces by Italian designer Pietro Franceschini, a marble candelabra by Mexican designer Andres Monnier, a table by Italian design duo Studiopepe, and Rick Owens’ highly unusual “Tomb Chair”, made from a block of marble and deer antler. Elsa Foulon’s ceramic wall and floor lamps complete the display.

© Galerie Philia

Galerie Kreo

As part of its trip across the Channel, Clémence and Didier Krzentowski’s gallery presented a series of contemporary pieces by Pierre Charpin, Marc Newson, Guillaume Bardet and Konstantin Grcic. Konstantin Grcic’s work was also on show as part of the exhibition dedicated to the late Virgil Abloh, “Virgil Abloh: Echosystems”, which ran until 1 November, presenting his latest creations, never before seen at the gallery, as well as works by artists who helped define his language.

© Galerie Kreo

Thierry Lemaire

Thierry Lemaire, an architect by training, can be recognised by his timeless, elegant and comfortable style in his exclusive interior architecture and decoration projects, which combine raw and sophisticated materials. Working for public places, hotels and restaurants, he also designs furniture for major luxury houses. At the PAD, the designer exclusively presented the very latest creations from his design collection. These included the Gio armchairs and sofa, the S27 armchair, the Leeba mirror, the Vezza pedestal tables, the Pit, Malagnou and Canala consoles, and the Kawete coffee table.

Laffanour / Galerie Downtown

This year, Galerie Downtown is showcasing the work of French artist Richard Texier. Among the pieces on show were the ‘Savana Circus’ floor lamp and the Aquatic Candelabra. Inspired by the world of flora and fauna, Richard Texier’s sculptural creations obey the laws of hybridisation. With good reason, this zoology enthusiast uses his art to express his addiction to the forces of nature, and to celebrate the beauty of the world. The PAD was also an opportunity for Galerie Downtown to present other pieces designed by great names in the field, including Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, whose famous Mexico library was produced in 1953.

© Galerie Downtown

Lisa Agostini