PAD LONDON 2014





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Firmly established on the international art and design calendar and as one of
 A-Gent of Style‘s unmissable and most cherished  rendez-vous on the London design scene, the boutique-sized Pavilion of Art and Design (now commonly known as PAD) is returning to London for the 8th time this week inside its now iconic black marquee set amongst the trees of Berkeley Square. For A-Gent of Style, the build-up and anticipation to discover what is in store but also to catch up with some of his favourites antique dealers have reached fever pitch. In less than 24 hours, all will be revealed at the collectors’ preview.


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DATES

15- 19 October 2014
Berkeley Square, W1
www.pad-fairs.com

OPENING HOURS
Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 October 11am – 8pm
Sunday 19 October 11am – 6pm

For the first time this year HSBC is the official partner of PAD London. This follows the bank’s sponsorship of PAD Paris for the 9th consecutive year.


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Representing 10 countries from around the world, a roster of 62 galleries – 28 of which design specialists, 45 returning galeristes and 17 newcomers – will showcase coveted, collectible objets with categories ranging from historical and contemporary design, modern art, jewellery to photography, decorative and tribal arts.


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For A-Gent of Style, one of the most appealing attributes about PAD is its non-negotiable attitude to refuse to expand, as opposed to some of its overwhelming counterparts, and the discerning integrity of its CEO and committee to favour quality over quantity and exert their curatorial expertise in expertly vetting participants. And judging from the list of participants, this year will not disappoint. The crème de la crème of dealers and galeristes will exhibit some of their most prestigious and exclusive pieces in innovative and stunning displays, or vignettes. Rather than looking like sterile showroom stands, some of these decorative panoramas are like miss-en-scènes with astonishing combinations of wares interacting and living harmoniously next to each other. Eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship are key at the boutique fair where collectors, interiors specialists, design practitioners, art consultants, museum experts and the public gather to share their passion for the decorative arts.

This year’s most anticipated arrival is Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique, of the venerable porcelains and ceramics firm and museum, which will exhibit its collaborations with various artists in the last 100 years such as Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Bakker. 


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And last but not least, David Collins Studio has been chosen this year to design the temporary bar and restaurant as a tribute to the late David Collins, and has created an environment which sits in harmony with the temporary structure, the location and incredible array of exhibitors, which will offer visitors a space to rest, drink and dine. Knowing the Studio’s remarkable reputation, the result will be nothing short of a feast for the eyes and huge success.


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Utilising iconic materials from their archive of world class bars and restaurants, the Studio has re-created and re-interpreted these materials in new and unusual ways for the installation, creating something new, unique and fun.

Poignantly, the entrance of the space features the tributary ‘Collins’ chandelier designed by David Collins and produced by Lobmeyr. Walls and flooring are executed in The Studio’s signature navy blue. A mass of all encompassing voluminous ceiling pendants are reminiscent of the 1950s. Printed textures and signature natural materials inspired by antique marble have been rescaled in the form of ink jet table cloths, printed rugs and cushions. Classic bentwood furniture has been re-imagined in blue. David Collins Studio have worked in collaboration with Ruinart to create a textile and gold leaf back bar. Interior landscaping of varied planting has been designed to marry the exterior park with the marquee interior.


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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: HAMISH BOWLES’S NEW YORK APARTMENT



 

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Hamish Bowles needs little introduction. Especially if you read this blog. Most of you are now familiar with A-Gent of Style’s fascination (understand obsession/crush on his persona and also homes) with Vogue‘s international editor at large, also ultimate modern dandy, tastemaker and style arbiter (you can see my past features on Bowles here).

The World of Interiors is spoiling us once again with the November issue which this time reveals the new and magnificent Manhattan apartment of Monsieur Bowles, not only a treat but also an assault on the eyes, courtesy of Studio Peregalli, makers extraordinaire of history-imbued interiors (the book of their work evocatively titled “The Invention of the Past” is a must by the way).


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Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli

Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli



Bowles The Dapper entrusted the Milan-based design and architecture firm composed of Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, for their notorious, uncanny skills to capture the  historical styles and sensibility, beauty and romance of past eras. In these visually intense interiors, the classicist duo have mixed the British, French and Russian styles treasured by their discerning client, that are evocative somehow of Marcel Proust, Madeleine Castaing and also a bit of Henry James and Luchino Visconti for good measure.

The beauty and magic of using makers and dreamers of interiors such as Peregalli with the impecccable taste and wonderfully eclectic antiques and objets of a globe-trotting acquisitor such as Bowles, is that this project already looks and feel centuries old, timeless and timeworn. And already a favourite of your A-Gent of Style. You wouldn’t believe at first glimpse that a huge overhaul had been needed – until you read the article penned by Bowles himself – when you see this grand, stately home. The result is quite staggering: great proportions, double-height windows, custom-dyed fabrics, ravishing chintzes such as the Lee Jofa and of course the soon-to-be iconic antique lilac print that envelops the master bedroom (for those who are not in the know, lilac is Bowles’s favourite colour; his Instagram account is ‘hamishinlilac’), bespoke joinery, wood-panelling, boiseries, pediments, Palladian arches, paintings and artefacts, and of course illusional tricks such as trompe-l-oeil, typical of Renzo Mongiardino, legendary decorator who took Peregalli and Sartori Rimini as his protégés (see my special features on the Italian master of visual trickery here).

 Thanks to superb artistry and craftmanship, the duo, who would “strive for the atmosphere of a Vermeer painting”, have created layered, textured, patterned mises-en-scène with an intoxicating sense of theatricality (names like Tony Duquette and Oliver Messel come to mind) that capture the essence of the jet-setter and also the ‘Englishman in New York’ who has stayed true to some beloved English decorating traditions and sensibilities such as the seemingly mismatched, cluttered, piled-on but also cosy, bold and studied look, fearless of any trends, types and conventions.

In Bowles (and Peregalli) We Trust.


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by David Downton

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– Imagery from The World of Interiors – 





LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2014: THE HIGHLIGHTS



 

 

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Until the next installment of Design Week next spring, here are A-Gent of Style‘s picks of his favourite stands at Decorex this year at Syon Park (including the Redloh House Fabrics stand he worked on, of course) and some of the highlights he had the great fortune to attend. A busy, enthralling week.


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De Gournay

De Gournay

 

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De Gournay

 

De Gournay

De Gournay

 

World of Interiors

World of Interiors

 

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Front

 

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Eley Kishimoto

 

Redloh House Fabrics

Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics



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Vanderhurd

Vanderhurd

 

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Vanderhurd



The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

 

 

Sir John Soane museum

Sir John Soane museum

 

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Sir John Soane’s museum





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Fromental

Fromental

 

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Locker & Riley

 

Little Greene

Little Greene

 

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Little Greene

Little Greene

 

Tape Cafe

Tape Cafe

 

Dering Hall

Dering Hall

 

Dandelion

Dandylion

 

Konig colours

Konig colours

 

Bert Frank

Bert Frank

 

Munna

Munna

 

Christopher Jenner

Christopher Jenner

 

House & Garden

House & Garden

 

Pouenat

Pouenat

 

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Stevensons of Norwich



Atkey & Company

Atkey & Company Ltd

 

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Atkey & Company

 

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

 

Studio Lucid

Studio Lucid



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A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow

 

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A Rum Fellow




Loomah

Loomah

 

Thibault

Thibault

 

A Rake's Progress

A Rake’s Progress – The Heir by Edward Bulmer with Soane Britain

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Heir by Edward Bulmer with Soane Britain

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Levee by Nigel Coates



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A Rake’s Progress – The Levee by Nigel Coates

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Marriage by Kit Kemp with De Gournay

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Marriage by Kit Kemp with De Gournay

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Orgy by Russell Sage with Fromental



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A Rake’s Progress – The Orgy by Russell Sage with Fromental

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Arrest by Peter Phan with Andrew Martin, Samuel & Sons and Simpsons



A Rake's Progress

A Rake’s Progress – The Arrest by Peter Phan with Andrew Martin, Samuel & Sons and Simpsons



Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

The LAPADA dinner

The LAPADA dinner

 

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The LAPADA dinner

 

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The LAPADA dinner, guest at the Soane Britain’s table

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

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BOOK END No16






October’s deep dew its wet gossamer threw

Upon Leipzig’s lawns, leaf-strewn,

Where lately each fair avenue

Wrought shade for summer noon

– Thomas Hardy –



Here are A-Gent of Style‘s picks of noteworthy publications for September and October. It was worth waiting for autumn!

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see the cover in full in a new window.




All books are available or can be ordered from The Bookshop at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour +44 (0) 20 7351 6854 / @theBOOKSHOPat

And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected over the months:Book End No1Book End No2, Book End N03Book End N04Book End No5Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08, Book End No9Book End No10Book End N011Book End N012, Book End N013Book End No14, Book End N015


Happy reading!



A LONDONER IN TANGIER: THE REGIS MILCENT ATELIER





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Not far from the Mohammed V mosque and within walking distance from his apartment, A-Gent of Style made a great and discovery one afternoon in Tangier this summer as he was strolling back home nonchalantly in the Moroccan heat. By pure happenstance, he came across the boutique-cum-atelier of Régis Milcent, the late, famed French decorator, incongruously situated amongst residential modern blocks of flats, convenience stores, ice cream parlours and cafés.



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This eponymous atelier is a magical, and unexpected, treasure trove of wonderfully eclectic objets for the home, a cornucopia of selected, unusual antiques amassed and curated over a lifetime from different corners of the world by Régis Milcent, who died a few years ago (it has proved impossible so far to find any information about the decorator perhaps only because the discreet Milcent built his reputation through word of mouth and not publications), mixing European sensibilities with exotic rarities that only a discerning eye or an aesthete would appreciate. It is very similar, in a way, to the Sybil Colefax and John Fowler store at Brook Street, albeit much smaller and in Tangier, in the sense that each area has been curated as a vignette representing a sitting room, a living room or a study for instance. One-off paintings, furniture and rugs brush shoulders with lamps, dishes, ceramics, vases and many other pieces, all beautiful in their own right, and with an incredible collection of original Pierre Frey fabrics that A-Gent of Style was thrilled to discover for the first time; some of them adorn the furniture and walls in the store.

Régis Milcent is not only a shop but mainly a decorative and upholstery company situated at the back of the store, behind the ‘1001 finds’ on display, now run by two delightful men (A-Gent of Style met them only briefly) who worked for many years for Milcent, where they and their team cater for local businesses but also for some of the established international decorators who holiday or have settled in the Tangerine city. Who could blame them. What else do you need!


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