The New York Times - Design and Decorative Arts Have a Home at London’s PAD

The annual art and design fair known as PAD, for the Pavilion of Art and Design, opens to the public on Wednesday with a marked shift toward the decorative arts and away from its past, with a reduced fine arts roster.

In London, the fair’s 68 exhibitors, in a gigantic white tent on Berkeley Square, will be primarily specialists in modern and vintage furniture, lighting, ceramics and jewelry, with fewer than 10 showing modern art.

“Design and decorative arts have always been a strength at PAD,” said Patrick Perrin, a founder of the event and a former antiques dealer, of the fair, which is known by its acronym. “Given the caliber of our clientele, we are clearly responding to a demand.”

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